Osteoarthritis of the knees is the most common form of Osteoarthritis, with more than 10 million Americans feeling the pain of the condition. It is the leading source of disability in the United States alone. An early diagnosis is ideal; however, many of us will not notice the warning signs until the condition has progressed. There are several ways that you can save your knees from arthritis pain. Here are a couple of tips.
- Don’t ignore your knee pain. It is very important to seek help with a trusted physician. They will help to provide you with an accurate diagnosis, as well as a course of action. There are many forms of arthritis and conditions of the knee, many of which can be best managed at the first sign of trouble. Your body sends pain signals for a reason, it is an alarm that something isn’t quite right.
- Follow through with rehabilitation and other therapies. Many arthritis sufferers who are advised by their doctors to go to rehab or physical therapy, will stop the activities when they start to feel better. Always follow through with the activities. Although you may feel some relief, your knees may need training, conditioning, and muscle building; all of which takes time.
- Lose and/or maintain a healthy weight. It is very important to lose any extra weight that you may be carrying around, and maintain a healthy weight for your frame. The knees are “weight bearing” joints, which means that they carry the weight of your body, putting them under stress. Every pound counts.
- Find a balance. It is important to find the balance between adequate rest and over doing it. The body needs rest to repair itself. If your knees are sore, it may be helpful to rest a little more, elevate you legs, apply heat, or take a bath. However, too much rest can actually be counter productive and cause stiffness.
- Remember healthy foods and supplements for Osteoarthritis. Glucosamine and Chondroitin have proven to be highly successful at fighting osteoarthritis of the knee. Both substances are naturally found in the body, but they may breakdown in the joints after injuries, overuse, or due to genetics. Glucosamine and Chondroitin can help in the production of new cartilage and cushioning of the joints. Foods such as salmon, walnuts, broccoli, pumpkin, carrots, wheat germ, onions, and cherry tomatoes can help aid arthritis symptoms. Foods that can aggravate arthritis include caffeine, sodas, high carbohydrates, processed and prepackaged foods, and saturated and trans fats.