To date the causes of arthritis are not understood so the only coarse open to arthritis sufferer’s is to keep the damage done as a result of arthritis under control and thereby avoid further damaging joints and other effected tissue

Trying to prevent arthritis is preferable to trying to treat the pain that comes with chronic arthritis.
Step One
Learn how to relax. A tense muscle applies stress to a joint.
Step Two
Balance rest and activity. Regular, moderate exercise 20 to 30 minutes a day, coupled with a full eight hours of sleep at night, is ideal for good musculoskeletal health.
Step Three
Remember to avoid any exercise that produces joint pain lasting an hour after you finish exercising.
Step Four
Practice good posture. Lift heavy items with your hip muscles, not your back.
Step Five
Protect your joints. In cold weather, wear warm gloves to protect your knuckles, long underwear to protect your knee joints, and heavy socks to protect your ankle and toe joints.
Step Six
Lose weight if you are overweight. If you reduce your weight by 12 pounds, you cut your risk of developing arthritis by half. – IS THIS TRUE, OR WHAT IF YOU LOOSE 100 POUNDS?
Step Seven
Avoid soft chairs, and sleep on a firm mattress.
Step Eight
Soak in a hot tub, especially after strenuous exercise. Tips & Warnings
* For more information on how to prevent arthritis, call the Arthritis Foundation at (800) 283-7800.
* Never carry something if you can pull it behind you. Use a wagon or wheelbarrow to lug garbage cans to the curb. Buy two or three laundry baskets so you aren’t forced to carry one overloaded laundry basket.
* If you have any questions or concerns, contact a physician or other health care professional before engaging in any activity related to health and diet. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.
Arthritis basically comes with age and some have it worse than others. It can be genetic so even some children can have it. Old sports injuries, broken bones while younger or injuries from an auto accident in the past can leave you with arthritis. There is no known cure to date, but they are working on it.
Exercise and good eating habits are a must and also taking certain fish oils. It won’t stave off arthritis, but will make the person more limber and enjoy life a little more.

There are 2 main categories of arthritis: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is associated with joint trauma and general wear and tear associated with aging. The above answers especially relate to osteoarthritis and give some excellent advice.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a sub grouping of autoimmune diseases causing joint pain and inflammation which can affect a person of any age. Babies can be born with RA, for example, as in the case of juvenile arthritis. What causes a rheumatoid arthritis is not yet understood, but there seems to be a genetic component. Alas, so far, there is not a known way to prevent rheumatoid arthritis. Early diagnosis and treatment are very important to help maintain joint and overall health.

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