Osteoarthritis (OA) develops over time due to many factors. There are no known ways to prevent OA. But there are steps to help keep bones and joints healthy:
- Maintain a healthy weight to ease stress on joints.
- Get regular exercise. Strong muscles protect joints from too much stress.
- Learn the proper technique for exercise and sports.
Healthy bones and joints may slow the onset OA or lower the severity.
Osteoarthritis. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/osteoarthritis. Accessed August 24, 2021.
Osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/osteoarthritis-oa-of-the-hip. Accessed August 24, 2021.
Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/osteoarthritis-oa-of-the-knee. Accessed August 24, 2021.
Last reviewed July 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board
Laura Lei-Rivera, PT, DPT
Last Updated: 8/24/2021