Osteopath Bethany Elliott-Hutton acknowledged that “not all types of arthritis can be prevented”. However, there are a few things one can do to reduce the risk of developing osteoarthritis. Firstly, the expert recommended “maintaining a healthy weight”, as this can help to reduce the pressure on weight-bearing joint, such as the knees. “It also helps with reducing the amount of inflammation that is in your body, which is key in keeping healthy,” added Bethany.
Of course, by following Bethany’s three tips, the risk of developing osteoarthritis can not be eliminated.
This is because there are certain risk factors that can not be avoided, such as increasing age.
“Osteoarthritis is more common in individuals aged 50 and over,” Bethany pointed out.
Furthermore, “women are more likely to develop osteoarthritis than men”, and the condition is more likely if you have a family member who already has it.
Another risk factor for developing osteoarthritis is if you have suffered from a joint injury in the past.
Meanwhile, if you have a metabolic condition such as diabetes, you are also at heightened risk of osteoarthritis.
One of the “worst lifestyle choices” that increase the risk of arthritis is a poor posture, warned Bethany.
“Having bad posture can cause imbalances within the body and can cause increased pressure on certain joints,” she elaborated.
“Forms of strength exercises such as pilates can help with strengthening the core muscles and improve not just posture but balance too,” she added.
Leading a sedentary lifestyle is also a major risk factor that is associated with many negative health conditions.
“Inactivity can consequently lead to an increase in weight, which in turn can increase pressure on joints causing pain and discomfort,” said Bethany.
“Joint mobility and range of motion can also be negatively affected, whilst muscle strength is reduced.”
Osteopath Bethany Elliott-Hutton is based at Bodytonic Clinic, London.