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How Can You Reduce Your Chances Of Getting Arthritis And Strengthen Your Joints
Great question...: The most common cause of arthritis is a genetic predisposition. Trauma can also play a role. There is also limited evidence that vitamin d may delay onset of arthritis. If you are genetically programmed to develop arthritis there may not be anything to prevent it. Stay active, stay limber and get your vitamin d above 50. ...Read more
A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more
Preventing Arthritis: We know that joint trauma, aging, obesity are factors that promote the osteoarthritic form of arthritis, sometimes as early as the thirties. Protecting your joints by choosing healthier exercises patterns when younger, continuing to exercise with your joints mildly (proven to help), keeping your weight down to normal, all help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stay healthy & light: Many uncontrollable factors can contribute to developing osteoarthritis such as genetics, family history, trauma and injury. However many things can be controlled and prevented. The best things to do are to stay in excellent shape, stay thin, and have a good diet. Mix weight bearing and non-weightbearing (swimming, biking) activities rather than continuously pounding on the joints on hard pavement. ...Read more
In the joints: Arthritis of any time is condition of the joints- "arth"=joint, "itis"=inflammation. So technically it isn't the bones that get it, but rather the cartilage on the surfaces that meet at the joint. The hand is just as vulnerable as any joint- and hand arthritis is common. Osteoarthritis usually refers to wearing out of the cartilage as opposed to inflammatory where the body attacks its own tissues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please tell me what are some good exercises to strengthen the wrists whilst minimising the risk of injury until they get stronger?
Use dumbbells: And high repetitions with light weight to start. Do it from a sitting position with your forearms in your thighs so you work only the forearm muscle groups. Do it both directions with the hands facing down and up ...Read more
ABC's: Pretend your big toe is your pencil point. Sit in chair without letting your foot touch. Now "write" your abc's- small or caps. While brushing your teeth balance on one foot for 1-1/2 min (spit), balance on other foot for 1-1/2 min. When this gets easy, close your eyes. Do these 2x a day. It helps range of motion and propioception ( balance). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can you recommend a method to reduce TMJ symptoms and/or preventing future degeneration of the joint?
Depends.: If folliculitis is at beard area, it is your job to keep this area clean, particularly after shave. But sometimes, it's the hair curved back into skin causing "pseudofolliculitis" ( it is irritation, not true infection). If folliculits appears on chest or back, may be the hot/sweating environment contributes it. Avoid that. Or watch your personal hygiene. ...Read more
What's the best supplement/medication/tablets etc to help and prevent arthritis in the hip (previously had perthes disease). I appreciate your help.
Perthes Disease: For cartilage health for your hip i would recommend glucosamine supplementation. Also for quality of production i would recommend that you use the brand names osteobiflex or cosamin ds. In a double blinded study in the late 1990's on usn seals with know arthritis that used glucosomine supplementation 50% on study members became pain free within 2 months on the glucosamin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there any finger exercises or something that will help reduce the pain and hopefully help my joints?
Yes: You don't say what is causing your hand pain. However many types of hand problems can be helped by seeing a certified hand therapist. They are specially trained therapists who can instruct you in strengthenig exercises as well as helping you modify daily activities to minimize stress on your hands. ...Read more
How can I get in shape if I have sore muscles from pyriformis syndrome? Can you suggest types of exercises to build up fitness without pain?
Low impact: Aquatics, body weight, or resistance bands/ tubing biking, and/or elliptical. Aquatics allow you to perform body weight exercises, but being in water actually reduces the stress on your body due to buoyancy. Once you are able to perform body weight activities then look to add light resistance w/ bands/ tubing. Try physical therapy for your pf syndrome. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can synovitis of knee be treated ? if so how ? and how long should I make the strengthing exercises of the leg
Wrist strenght: Using clay or putty can help strengthen wrists. ...Read more
Wash your hands: Many viral illnesses are transmitted by direct contact with an infected person or else by touching a contaminated object (also known as a fomite), then touching our mucous membranes. ...Read more
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