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The Do’s and Don’ts For Living with Osteoarthritis


Osteoarthritis is a chronic form of arthritis that is characterized by the breakdown of cartilage within the joints.  It is commonly referred to as the “wear and tear” condition, as many individuals develop Osteoarthritis as they age, but it is common in all age groups.  There are many simple steps that you can take to help aid in the fight against Osteoarthritis (Do’s).  To add, there are also a couple of ways to alter your current habits, to insure that your Osteoarthritis is manageable (Don’ts).


  • Make a doctors appointment. It is important that you go to your physician to get an accurate diagnosis.  Make sure that you relay any family history of arthritis related issues.  Osteoarthritis is a hereditary condition, so you want to take precautionary steps.  Explain to the doctor any signs or symptoms that you may already be experiencing; ask questions and share your concerns.  Your doctor may want to perform an X-Ray or blood test at this time.
  • Exercise. It is very important to continue exercising, or to start a work-out program if you do not currently have an exercise routine. Low-impact exercises like walking, swimming, yoga, and cycling seem to have the best results for those suffering from Osteoarthritis.  Exercise enables your joints to stay flexible and strong.  If you do not remain mobile with Osteoarthritis, you may develop increased pain, stiffness, and discomfort.  Thirty minutes of exercise per day is ideal.
  • Take a Glucosamine and Chondroitin Supplement.  Glucosamine and Chondroitin work synergistically to halt the deterioration of cartilage, and to aid in the rehabilitation and growth of new cartilage.  Make sure you take a quality liquid supplement, with pharmaceutical Glucosamine Sulfate and Glucosamine HCL.
  • Eat Healthy.  By eating healthy, you are providing your body with essential minerals and vitamins.  There are many foods that can decrease arthritis symptoms, as well as certain foods that can aggravate arthritis.  You can review a list of these foods at



  • Quit Smoking.  Those who smoke have double the risk of damaging cartilage.  The toxins from cigarettes damage the joints and connective tissues. 
  • Avoid Impact Sports and Repetitive Motions.  You should try to avoid activities, such as running and jumping, which add extra pressure to the joints.  The pressure is a shock to the joints which might already be instable. 
  • Don’t Gain Extra Weight.  Any extra weight you gain adds extra pressure to the weight bearing joints; knees, hips, ankles.
  • Avoid Long-Term Use of NSAID’s.  NSAID’s (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) may work well to get a flair up under control, but NSAID’s are very harsh to your body, and come with many adverse side effects and reactions.  These symptoms range anywhere from vomiting, diarrhea, to abdominal bleeding.  Discuss with your doctor the advantages of all-natural products, such as Glucosamine.
  • Don’t Go Through Arthritis Alone.  You may have days where you feel fine, and you may have days where you need support.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help, to sit-in with a support group, or to ask for advice. 
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