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How to Cure and Prevent arthritis

Lot of people suffer from arthritis in older ages but some don't. There might be some ways to prevent arthritis. My grand-om was 95 years old still her bones were functioning well. She could do up and down in three storey building. Does genetic condition have something to do it.


  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 04/17/2015 - 6:26 PM
    My family in England keep talking about this subject. It was big news with lots of tv appearances & documentaries. Although they haven't identified all of the genes related with complete certainty these Arthritis specialists now say, "Give us any baby & we can tell you if they will suffer from osteoarthritis in their lives.". They say that they are no closer to 'curing it' but I think it's a start. They say that those genetically predisposed to osteoarthritis can be taught how to exercise safely & effectively throughout their lives. They can tell them what sports, recreations & ways of exercising should always be avoided (jarring, running, high impact) & what job fields to avoid. The specialists can train you how to live your life to avoid the damage & crippling pain from osteoarthritis.
    Knowing you are at risk, you can be taught by physical therapists how to exercise & stretch in a safe way . They can train you how to lift & carry. They can give restrictions of things you should never do. Correct posture & bending techniques. Etc.
    A dietician can give you a list of all the foods you should be eating & all the 'bad' foods (Strick Arthritis diets are pretty brutal).

    Basically, even if you are born genetically predisposed to osteoarthritis there are things you can do to avoid or minimize it.

    Osteoarthritis used to be considered a part of aging. Basically "Wear & Tear". I was first diagnosed with hereditary osteoarthritis as a very young teen. Long before I had the chance to 'wear or tear' anything. Both of my parents have severe damage.
    I'll never know if I would have less damage now if I'd lived a stricter life. Would I be in more pain & degeneration if I hadn't eaten well & exercised in a very gently, non jarring way. Would I of been fine if I hadn't tottered around on crazy high heels?? I'll never know.
    If I eat badly or don't take my suppliments for a few days I feel a definite increase in pain. The less I move the more I hurt in the long run.
    I have no doubt that genetics has so much to do with it. I was disgusting this with a friend who admitted that he should be the one with health problems. He's always had the worse diet. He's never exercised. He will move furniture, without help, after months of hardly moving. He will hurl my kids around & let them dive & swing on him. He parties. He's been in car crashes. His bones & joints are near perfect & he's rarely ever experienced pain.
    On occasion it's wear & tear & life but in many instances people are predisposed.....I think.

    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846
    First lets distinguish the two major types of arthritis .

    Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
    Osteoarthritis ( OA)

    Without all the details and to simplify it

    RA is an immune disorder which there are various medications that can control and manage the condition

    OA is the degradation of your bones and joints. There is no cure or medication to control it.

    There are many discussions about what can be done to slow down the progression of Arthritis. Look at our forum category dedicated to this topic. Plus Veritas, Spine-healthy parent company has a whole website that deals with Arthritis in detail.

    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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