Osteoarthritis prevention is possible and involves both primary and secondary prevention.
Primary prevention, identifying factors that increase the risk of arthritis, thereby intervening to reduce the occurrence of the disease:
Secondary prevention, assuring early diagnosis and control of risk factors, and introducing additional tools to prevent or delay disease progression. Useful treatments include dietary supplements, such as glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate or intra-articular administration of hyaluronic acid (viscosupplementation) - make sure to talk to your doctor first.
Tertiary prevention, including medical and self-management strategies to limit the pain, disability and other effects once the disease is established.