What are some measures to prevent arthritis after a joint injury?

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Dr Aaron Gan

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After a joint injury, there is a high likelihood of the development of secondary osteoarthritis at the affected joint. Some measures to prevent that includes:
  • Reduce the load and strain on the affected joint

    This may involve a change in habits and lifestyle, depending on the affected joint. Appropriate exercises must be performed daily to improve the strength and condition of the muscles surrounding the affected joint. These exercises should be guided by a qualified physiotherapist or occupational therapist. This is to ensure that you do not inadvertently injure the joint further by doing the incorrect exercises or doing the right exercises incorrectly.

  • Take joint supplements, such as glucosamine and chondroitin

    These supplements help support joint health but do not restore lost cartilage. In many patients, continuing on joint supplements help with relieving inflammation around the injured joints and thus relieve pain.

  • Take anti-inflammatory supplements, such as ginger and turmeric oral preparations

    These help to relieve inflammation around the body naturally and can be taken daily with minimal side effects.

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