Lowering the Risk of Osteoarthritis

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Osteoarthritis is the most common disease that affects the joints, occurring in roughly 27 million Americans. Osteoarthritis causes the cartilage ( which acts as a cushion between the bones ) in the joints to break down. Consequentially a reduction in cartilage can cause the bones to break down and develop spurs.

Who is Affected by Osteoarthritis

By 2040, the Arthritis Foundation estimates that more than 78 million will be diagnosed with osteoarthritis, by orthopedic doctors.  Currently, it leads to more than $156 billion lost in wages and medical bills and 6.7 million hospitalizations.

The risk factors are genetics, age, weight, diet, and gender. But, if you have a chronic disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and heart disease you are more prone to arthritis. Some other risk factors include the injury or surgery and occupation.

According to the Arthritis Foundation:

  • One in two adults will develop symptoms of knee Osteoarthritis during their lives.
  • One in four adults will development symptoms of hip Osteoarthritis by age 85.
  • One in 12 people 60 years or older have hand Osteoarthritis .

Arthritis will decrease your quality of life, by limiting your movement. It will negatively impact your emotional wellness, statistics from the Arthritis Foundation, estimate that of all the arthritis patients aged, 45 years and above, one-third have anxiety disorders and depression.

How to Reduce the Risk of Osteoarthritis

  • Proper nutrition
  • Maintain Healthy Weight
  • Early diagnosis and treatment
  • Regular Exercise
  • Continued education on general and orthopedic wellness

Practicing independently allows Dr. Rocha to offer excellent Orthopedic health care without the burden of excessive facility fees that come with employed physicians working for hospitals. Dr. Rocha strives to offer excellent Orthopedic health care to all his patients, whether it be a simple sprain or major injury. He treats patients with acute injuries or helps patients maintain musculoskeletal wellness.

Compassionate, quality, expert care for all your orthopedic and wellness needs from Dr. Rocha at Comprehensive Orthopaedics of the Gulf Coast.  Feel free to contact us (850) 492-7775 


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