PAINFUL JOINTS

PROBLEMATIC AREA TO BE DISCUSSED TODAY ARE THE BODY'S JOINTS.

The body has numerous joints which are the point in which two bones meet examples are:
  • Elbows
  • Knees
  • Shoulders
The joint permits movement and allows you to freely get around and accomplish daily activities.  Inside the joint there is a substance called cartilage.  This cartilage covers the end of the bones acting as a shock absorbed so the bones can move smoothly.  There is also a fluid inside the joint called synovial fluid which lubricates the joint allowing extra protection.

Problems can rear their ugly head making life uncomfortable and painful for many individuals lets look at a few of the causes of pain.

  • OSREOARTHRITIS - this is a progressive condition of the joint and comes about due to loss of cartilage leaving the bones vulnerable and less protected due to them rubbing together.
  • RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS - is a form of inflamation affecting the ligaments tendons and muscles.
  • INFLAMATION OF THE JOINTS - this can be caused due to trauma to the joint/area
SO WHAT CAN YOU DO TO BUMP UP YOUR PROTECTION

There is some good news and that is that there is still time to increase the amount of protection you receive.   If you are experiencing pain the first port of call should be to see your local GP to get knowledge on your own personal/specific problem area.  Here are some great prevention and protection methods you can incorporate.

  • LOSE A FEW LBS - losing weight can help to reduce the pressure bearing down on your joints so they don't work as hard.  
  • EXERCISE - this can be beneficial as it will strengthen your muscles and keep you fit and supple.  Making wise choices according to your condition is the best policy.  Choose something you enjoy and that wont be too impacting on the joints like swimming or bike riding - something to take pressure off.
  • SUPPLEMENTATION - supplementation can be a great area to investigate as there are many supplements that can assist in joint health.  Ask your GP or do research that will allow you to choose the best supplement for you.
  • LOOK INTO DIET - there are many foods that will decrease inflammation and make you feel better.  Get some oily fish twice a week as this contains anti-inflammatory Omega - 3s
Always cover your back whether its seeing your GP or beginning an exercise programme there are people and knowledge available to you so do your research and take action against these annoying pains!!!

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