World Arthritis Day: How to strengthen your bones

Do you find it difficult to climb stairs? Is there often rigidity in your back and legs after sitting for longer periods?

Don’t give it a cold eye. You may be suffering from arthritis. Arthritis is not something which is restricted only to old-age people.

Arthritis is on a rampage. A study conducted by the Arthritis Foundation of India found that more than 180 million people, mostly women, are suffering from osteoarthritis in India, some even below the age of 25!

Don’t Allow Arthritis Take Charge of your Life

Arthritis has more than 100 types and Indians are affected by more than one. The disease affects 15% of the population. Arthritis is more common than AIDS, cancer and even diabetes in India.

Women are more prone to Arthritis and approx 50 % of all arthritis patients are female. Most Indian women suffer from different types of arthritis primarily due to exercise absenteeism and a lack of healthy diet, frequent bending and squatting and wrong postures in their day-to-day life.

Some common warning signs of Arthritis include pain, inflammation and stiffness. Any joint in the body is vulnerable to Arthritis, but knee joints are commonly affected. Major forms of include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and the leading cause of disability in India. About 15 million Indians are effected from this diseases every year. Two decades ago, only people above the age of 65 were affected by osteoarthritis. But now, orthopaedics are diagnosing patients in the age group of 35 – 55.

How to keep arthritis at bay?

  • Get a professional opinion: Living with arthritis isn’t easy. If the pain aggravates, seek medical help immediately. Delaying consultation may make the problem worse. Not only does the joint potentially become harder to repair, but one may also do permanent and irrevocable damage to the joint.
  • Education about arthritis is the key: It’s extremely crucial for the patient and his family to do an in-depth research before opting for any surgery, if at all required. Patients who are not willing to live a compromised life can opt for total knee replacement surgery.
  • Indulge in some exercises: Exercise boosts energy, strengthens muscles and bones, and helps keep your joints flexible. Your muscles protect and support joints affected by arthritis. Maintaining a healthy weight relieves stress on painful joints.
  • A healthy diet goes a long way in keeping bones strong: A variety of nutrients may help ease arthritis symptoms. Foods rich in vitamin C especially fruits and vegetables and Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish and fish oil, may also help relieve pain. Experts say it’s best to focus on a balanced diet.
  • Watch the increasing weight: Being overweight puts undue strain on weight-bearing joints such as your knees, spine, hips, ankles, and feet. Losing weight can ease symptoms of arthritis.

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