So don’t condemn yourself even though you may have a bad gene predilection. What you do and what you put into your body count more in this case.
Now to specifically answer your question: arthritis is caused by multiple factors. Heredity is most certainly one of them. Inheritance is not absolute. Injuries, years of hard physical work, and body weight also contribute to one’s chances of getting arthritis. Staying in good shape and being active can lessen one’s chances of getting arthritis. I hope my thoughts on arthritis have helped you. Please feel free to contact our office should you need further assistance.
1. Keep your weight down. 1 lb extra around your waist puts 3 lbs of extra pressure on your knees.
2. Avoid impact loading activities/exercises. Best are swimming and cycling.
3. Stretch - stiff joints are often painful joints. Stretch the hamstrings and hip muscles and lumbar spine as much as possible.
4. Vitamin D - take 5000 units per day.
5. Keep your muscles tone with weights, but avoid squats or lunges.
Hope this helps,