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Together, we can prevent osteoarthritis

Today, 30.8 million people – 1 in almost every 10 American adults – have osteoarthritis (OA). This disease mainly affects the hands, knees, and hips in adults. OA rates are expected to increase in the years ahead as Baby Boomers age and the effects of the obesity epidemic begin to manifest. Osteoarthritis is common, costly and a leading cause of disability.

But there’s cause for hope, OA can be prevented. Here’s how. 

How can I prevent OA?

Preventing injuries, moving more, and managing your weight are the primary ways you can lower your risk of developing OA. They’re also a great way to feel better in your day-to-day!

Stop OA in its tracks by incorporating these activities into your life.

Injury Prevention

Train your muscles now to limit injury later. Knee and other joint injuries often lead to OA, but they can be avoided.
Simple exercises you can do at home can reduce your risk of knee injuries by up to 80%.
Explore our recommended exercises here.

Weight Management

Maintaining a healthy weight can also help prevent OA.
Our knees and other joints get more sensitive as we age. Weight management, through a healthy diet and exercise, can limit the pain of strained joints and tissue.
Read our tips for weight management here.

Learn more about prevention and management strategies in our resource library

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How You Can StandUp2OA

Chances are, you or someone in your life or community is at risk of OA. We have resources that can help.

If your joints are healthy and pain-free, or you are at risk and want to prevent OA, see your care provider for ideas on reducing your risk. Risk reduction strategies includepreventing joint injuryand maintaining a health weight. Learn more about these strategies.

  • Stay active! Physical activity may not prevent or slow the progression OA in all cases, but it can help you maintain strong muscles, stable joints, flexibility, and good balance to reduce falls and joint injury.
  • Maintain a healthy weight to minimize stress on joints and tissue.
  • Athletes and coaches (and parents!):Develop and support smart training strategies that will help improve sport performance, keep athletes healthy, and prevent injuries, like an ACL tear, that can lead to risk of developing OA. Learn how to better prevent injuries.
  If you have or think you have OA, see your care provider for ideas on reducing the impact of OA or joint pain on your everyday life, including managing your symptoms such as pain, stiffness, and swelling; improving joint mobility and flexibility; maintaining a healthy weight; and getting regular physical activity. Learn more about living an active life with OA.

  • Stay active! Physical activity may not necessarily prevent or slow the progression OA in all cases, but it can help you maintain strong muscles, stable joints, flexibility, and good balance to reduce falls and joint injury.
  • Achieve or maintain a healthy weight to minimize overloading joints and causing tissue damage.
If you’re a health care provider, help your OA patients by encouraging physical activity, weight management and referring them to arthritis-appropriate proven interventions, and community- based programs.Get more ideas here.

If your organization is involved in OA education and prevention, become a partner with OAAA and help share information about effective community interventions—and then support those efforts among your group’s members. Download resources here.

  • Learn how your organization can increase access to physical activity for adults with arthritis with our online Physical Activity Implementation Guide.
  • If you offer (or want to offer!) evidence-based programs for people with arthritis, our online Community Partners resource library offers tools and guidance.
If you’re a policymaker, help OAAA make osteoarthritis a public health priority through policy decisions and solutions, and funding allocations. Addressing OA makes whole communities healthier. Check out community health solutions here.

  • Why should you consider OA a high priority? The socioeconomic impact of arthritis in the U.S. is significant. Learn how OA affects people in your state.
  • Are you a coach or decision-maker for a youth sports organization? Keep your players in the game for life! Use our injury prevention guidance resources to establish training practices that can help minimize knee injury on the field and promote long-term joint health.

 

 

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