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What Can I Do to Prevent Arthritis?

May is Arthritis Awareness Month! If you are one of the 54 million Americans living with arthritis, you do not have to live in pain.

There are many things you can do in order to help find relief and regain your quality of life. Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. offers some insight.

Am I at Risk for Arthritis?

Anyone can experience arthritis. However, there are some things that can put you at a higher risk for arthritis. For instance, women and older adults are more at risk for arthritis than men and younger people. However, there are around 300,000 children in the United States living with arthritis.

Also, if you have a family history of arthritis (especially a parent or sibling with the condition), then you are more likely to have arthritis than someone else who doesn't have a family history of the disease.

Symptoms of Arthritis

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Decreased range of motion

What Can I Do to Help Prevent Arthritis?

Because carrying extra weight can put added pressure on your joints, it is important to try to maintain a healthy weight. Exercise can help you find relief from arthritis symptoms, as well as help you to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.

You also want to do your best to avoid injury, as an injury can lead to arthritis later in life. In addition, did you know that there are actually certain foods that can help you to improve your arthritis symptoms? There are, which is why you might want to incorporate more of them into your diet.

Foods That Can Help with Arthritis

  • Fatty fish
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Broccoli
  • Walnuts
  • Berries
  • Spinach

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