Joints are where one bone connects with another. They are the space that
allow for proper movement and function. When the joints move properly, your muscles and ligaments function at an optimal level. This affords you proper function and no pain. When the joints do not work properly, the muscles and ligaments cannot function properly either. They will tend to either shorten or elongate, depending on the joint problem. When this occurs, they leak toxins that irritate local tissues and nerves.
Osteo Arthritis (OA) most common joint disorder: results from breakdown of joint cartilage and underlying bone. The most common symptoms are joint pain and stiffness. Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD) you might develop small bone spurs, can become enlarged, achy, stiff and numb. OA is the most common type of arthritis, and the percentage of people who have it grows higher with age. An estimated 27 million Americans age 25 and
older have osteoarthritis. OA most often occurs in the hands (at the ends of the fingers and thumbs), spine (neck and lower back), knees, and hips.
The tissues involved most are the cartilage and underlying subchondral bone. The cartilage is the smooth white material that forms over the ends of the bones and forms the moving surface of the joint on both sides.
Cartilage is tough, elastic, very durable, and comprised of collagen and water molecules. Cartilage does not have a blood supply and receives its oxygen and nutrition from the surrounding joint fluid by diffusion. When
we move a joint, the pressure across the joint expresses fluid and waste products out of the cartilage cells, and when the pressure is relieved, the fluid diffuses back, together with oxygen and nutrients. Over many years and with activity and use of a joint, the cartilage may become frayed, injured, torn, and may even wear away entirely. When this occurs, the bone surface on one side of the joint tends to rub or glide against the bone on the opposite side of the joint, providing a less elastic joint surface, and generating higher contact pressures at the end of the bone.The bone then become hardened and ‘sclerotic’.
Here are some recommendation to maintain your joints healthy:
-Stay hydrated: joints act like a cushioning, lubrication, shock absorption… Keep in mind, they are like a sponge. For the sponge to be “full” an “cushiony,” it needs to be filled with water.
-Healthy lifestyle: eat a balance diet, choose anti inflammatory foods, avoid process foods.
-Visit your chiropractor regularly!!!! Will help with your posture, giving movement to the joints, help body function, nervous system, at its maximum capacity without pain or discomfort.
-Exercise: As little as 30 minutes 3-5 days a week, helps joints stay limber and strengthens the muscles that support and stabilize. Movement is life!
–Healthy weight: Extra pounds put additional pressure on weight-bearing
joints, such as the hips and knees, which will accelerate the degeneration
-Knee surgery: takes 3-6 months for rehab, no guarantee, high percentage of fail, 50% will need more surgery, average cost is $55,000
-Shoulder surgery: 6-12 months rehab, risk of infection is 4/100, cost $5,300-22,000
Let’s try to stay healthy and avoid those!
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