most of the chronic forms of arthritis are not
preventable because of the hereditary/genetic
element and other unknown factors in their causation.
it is important to maintain a good physical condition
of body and mind to enjoy healthy life free from
problems of the joints. Degenerative arthritis
for example, osteo-arthritis and spondylitis can
be prevented by maintaining correct body weight
and exercising regularly. Rheumatic fever arthritis
is due to infections of the throat acquired from
the community and is perhaps the best example
of a preventable type of arthritis. Gouty attacks
can be prevented by proper care in the diet and
observing personal habits (for example, alcohol)
in moderation. Gout attacks are usually precipitated
by rich non-vegetarian diets and alcohols.
forms of soft tissue rheumatism, joint aches and
pains and low backache are due to bad posture.
While working, certain occupations also contribute
to these problems, for example women squatting
to work for prolonged hours in fields often suffer
from low back ache. Such problems can be prevented
by adopting proper posture and care, both during
work and rest. Prolonged work in fixed posture
should be avoided. There should be intermittent
periods of rest or change in posture to avoid
these soft tissue problems.