Soothing Achy Joints

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting 27 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It also is what most people refer to as “arthritis.” It is caused by degenerative damage to the joint cartilage.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis, but many treatments are used to fight the pain, including physical therapy, exercise and proper nutrition. To combat the pain, physicians at UCF Pegasus Health recommend that those with arthritis:

* Eat fresh fruits and vegetables

* Maintain a healthy weight (extra weight around the hips, back and knees can increase arthritis pain)

* Exercise regularly

* Apply heat therapy (for osteoarthritis)

* Don’t smoke, and if you do smoke, quit (smoking increases the risk of rheumatoid arthritis, which is the more serious type)

* Avoid excessive stress whenever possible

Weekly Health Tips are brought to you by UCF Health, the College of Medicine’s physician practice. Offering primary and specialty care under one roof, UCF Health treats patients age 16 and up in primary care and age 18 and up for specialty care. Most major insurance plans are accepted. Two locations are now open: the original in East Orlando at Quadrangle and University boulevards just blocks from the main UCF campus and in Medical City at Narcoossee Road and Tavistock Lakes Boulevard. Schedule an appointment online today.