Frequently Asked Questions

6. How can I reduce my chances of developing osteoarthritis?

Here are ways to decrease your chances of developing osteoarthritis.

Maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight or obese, you should try to lose weight. Weight loss can reduce stress on weight-bearing joints, limit further injury, increase mobility, and reduce the risk of associated health problems. A dietitian can help you develop healthy eating habits. A healthy diet and regular exercise can help reduce weight.

Avoid injury. Putting too much stress on a joint that has been repeatedly injured may lead to the development of osteoarthritis.