This question of what makes osteoarthritis worse does not have a simple answer. It depends on which joint is affected and your lifestyle.
However I will endeavor to give you a reasonable overview. Please note this is about what makes your osteoarthritis worse, not what makes your symptoms worse!
This is an overview list with a few links to other articles if you want to know more about that topic.
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List Of What Makes Osteoarthritis Worse
1. If your joint is weight bearing then excessive weight will make it worse. Losing even a few pounds can help reduce the pain you suffer.
2. A poor diet can make osteoarthritis worse. When you have OA the muscles, tendons and ligaments around the joint become inflamed. Some foods can inflame the inflammation. You can read more about that here. Interestingly fizzy drinks has been added to the list of what makes osteoarthritis worse.
3. Lack of exercise. Our joints need to be exercised. This helps in several ways; it improves circulation, it squashes the fluid around inside our joints which feeds the cartilage (cartilage has no blood supply), it stretches and strengthens the soft tissue so it can work better.
4. High impact exercise– avoid this if you Have OA in a weight bearing joint.
5. Repetitive movements– avoid these.
6. Your genes– not that you can do a lot about those!
That’s What Makes Osteoarthritis Worse But Improves It?
Very little unfortunately There is plenty we can do to relieve the pain and stiffness but the only way to actually cure your osteoarthritis is to get a joint replacement or resurfacing.
You can, however, decrease the rate of the degeneration by reducing the inflammation and getting the joint to function as best it can. To find out how to do this sign up for my free course on Pain Management for Osteoarthritis.