NEW YORK, and GREENWICH, Conn., Oct. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- While our knees
"Arthritis isn't always preventable, and more than half of us will have signs of osteoarthritis by the time we're 50," Dr. Plancher explains. "But it's not inevitable, and we can proactively try to avoid arthritis in our knees by taking several key steps to protect and preserve the joint. Because who doesn't want to stay fully mobile?"
The leading cause of disability among U.S. adults, about 31 million Americans cope with pain, stiffness and swelling from osteoarthritis, the "wear and tear" type of arthritis that's the most prevalent form of the disease, according to the Arthritis Foundation. The knee is one of the top sites of osteoarthritis, which results when the cartilage or "cushion" covering the ends of bones in the joint wear away, triggering the bone-on-bone grinding and the joint loses its lubrication.
Risk factors for developing osteoarthritis Knees naturally bear the brunt of much of what happens to our body while we move about every day – including the normal turning and twisting motion that can strain joints as well as the impact of any extra weight we may carry around (whether on our bodies or in our arms).
Age is a major risk factor for developing osteoarthritis, Dr. Plancher notes, as most people who get it are over 50. Also at play is a person's genetic predisposition to the condition, which can run in families.
"Another risk factor is diabetes," he adds. "High blood sugar levels raise the odds of osteoarthritis by promoting molecules that make cartilage stiffer and more prone to stress. Certain types of athletes, unsurprisingly, are more prone to the condition because of the constant pounding their sport may cause to knee joints, as well as any injuries."
Tips for protecting your knees While you can't completely eliminate the chances of developing knee osteoarthritis, Dr. Plancher offers these pointers to help protect your knee joints:
Kevin Plancher, MD, MPH, is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon. He founded Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and serves as clinical professor of orthopaedics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Since 2001, he has been listed annually in the Castle Connolly directory as a "top doctor" in his field.
Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is a comprehensive orthopaedics and sports medicine practice with offices in New York City and Greenwich, CT. http://www.plancherortho.com
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