Osteoarthritis prevention and management with active lifestyle and good nutrition

February 10, 2022
Osteoarthritis prevention and management with active lifestyle and good nutrition

Osteoarthritis (OA) is an inflammatory disease where the cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones break down over time – OA most notably effects high-use joints such as those in the hands, hips, and knees. Although OA often occurs due to old age, excess bodyweight can contribute to the condition. Sometimes it is even seen among young adults who have had previous joint injuries such as sports injuries or accidents.

A Malaysian orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. G. Ruslan Nazaruddin Simanjuntak, from ALTY Orthopaedic Hospital, speaks about lifestyle changes that can help reduce bone-and-joint-related inflammation and promote health.

Dr. Nazaruddin first recommends incorporating low impact exercises that least aggravates the joints, such as cycling, swimming, and brisk walking. These simple and accessible activities place little strain on weight-bearing joints and improves cardiovascular health and overall health.

Secondly, as good nutrition is a key aspect to ensuring good health, Dr. Nazaruddin advocates eating a balanced, nutritious meal – foods that are known to reduce inflammation in the body is essential for people with OA to prevent further damage to the joints, so eat well but be mindful of what you eat.

Dr. Nazaruddin also highlights certain vitamins and minerals (vitamins C and D, and calcium) as well as healthy fats (Omega-3 and -6) to build and protect bone health and that of the immune system.

When do you need to see an orthopaedic surgeon? Dr. Nazaruddin recommends immediate medical attention from a trained professional if you have been feeling a prolonged pain, tenderness, or stiffness in one or more joints, or other symptoms such as difficulty moving about when doing daily activities or experience a clicking or cracking sound when you walk. Seeking out expert advice early could prevent permanent joint damage and other serious health issues.

Category: Features, Wellness and Complementary Therapies

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