Although arthritis can develop without certain risk factors, many people who develop arthritis have other health problems as well. Being aware of risk factors can help you to mitigate your chances of developing arthritis! As the CDC points out on their website, “You can decrease your risk of getting arthritis or making arthritis worse by changing the risk factors you can control.” Here are some of the more common risk factors for arthritis that you can control:

  • Obesity: Carrying excess weight puts pressure on your joints and increases your risk of developing arthritis in the future.
  • Overuse Injuries: Injuries from wear-and-tear on the joints can lead to arthritis and painful inflammation. Stretching and taking care of your joints and muscles can help prevent arthritis in the future.
  • Sedentary Lifestyle: An inactive lifestyle is known to greatly increase your risk or severity of arthritis. Maintaining excellent joint mobility can prevent worsening arthritis down the road.
  • Smoking: Smoking linked to the progression and severity of rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus.

If you are interested in learning more about arthritis prevention or believe you may already be at risk or experiencing symptoms, please call our office today.