Arthritis Q&A by Dr. Shiel

Can osteoarthritis be prevented?


Spontaneous osteoarthritis is, to a major degree, a result of inherited tendencies. We inherit the tendency to develop osteoarthritis from our parents and their parents, etc. Therefore, prevention is not technically possible.

Obesity has long been known to be a risk factor for osteoarthritis of the knee. However, by maintaining optimal weight, we can minimize the risk of developing and worsening osteoarthritis of the knees. We can also "prevent" osteoarthritis by minimizing the risks for injury of joints. For example, avoiding high-risk sports after certain ages, etc.

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