Your body is made of many different bones and your joints are what connect these bones to one another.
Certain joints help you to be able to do things like bend your knees, your elbows, turn your head, bend your back, and wiggle your fingers, just to mention a few.
Inside of your joints you have a tissue called cartilage that helps to provide cushioning to your joints and prevent your bones from grinding together.
Considering how large of a role your joints play in your ability to move around and do your daily tasks, keeping them healthy should be a priority
Exercise Can Help Keep Your Joints Healthy
Doing exercises like aerobics and other activities that increase your heart rate might help you to reduce inflammation in and around your joints.
In cases where you are already having trouble with your joints or they are bothering you, you could try doing some low impact workouts like bicycling, hiking, and swimming.
Even if you are already dealing with some pain in your joints, try not to let that deter you from staying physically active, even a little activity is likely better than none at all.
Some other muscle groups that you may want to work on while you are exercising are your back, your abdomen, and your chest.
Some people may refer to this as your core.
When you have a stronger back and abdomen, it can improve balance, this could help you avoid falling which has the possibility of injuring your joints.
Avoid Sitting Still for Too Long
Try not to sit still for long periods of time.
It is possible that you may be putting yourself at a higher risk for joint pain if you spend a lot of your time sitting, lying down, or otherwise in a sedentary position.
If you are someone who spends large portions of your day sitting at a desk or on the couch, change positions and get up to walk and stretch every 30 to 45 minutes if possible.
If you have a job that keeps you in an office most of the workday, you could take a few extra breaks and go for short walks.
You might also want to try to take some of your phone calls standing up rather than sitting down.
Or you may find that simply stretching throughout your workday helps you to avoid painful joints.
Pay Attention to Signs of Osteoarthritis
Age is often a risk factor for developing osteoarthritis, but it is not a condition that younger people are exempt from getting.
Along with ageing, some other risk factors for this disease are an injury to the joint and being overweight.
Osteoarthritis can affect joints such as your knees, which are often more susceptible to damage because of the pressure placed on them in supporting your body weight.
Osteoarthritis is usually the result of the cushioning, or cartilage, in your joints weakening and wearing down, which may be why this condition is sometimes called wear-and-tear arthritis.
It can cause the bones in joints such as your knees to rub together which can cause pain, and may also lead to a weaker ability to absorb shocks.
This could be considerably worse when it happens in either one or both of your knees because every step sends a shock up the leg and if your knee has little or no shock absorbing ability, even walking might be uncomfortable or more difficult.
A few symptoms that you may want to keep an eye out for are stiffness in your knees, difficulty moving the joint, inflammation, and in some cases, bone spurs being formed.
You might find that you are more at risk if you are an athlete or someone who has already dealt with multiple stress injuries to one or both of your knees.
Also, if you have other illnesses like metabolic disorders or rheumatoid arthritis then you might already have a higher risk for joint problems such as osteoarthritis.
Treatment and Prevention
Sometimes weight loss can help reduce the pain you experience, even losing a small amount of weight can take measurable pressure off of your joints.
When you see your doctor, they may want you to take pain relievers and/or anti-inflammatory medications, or possibly give you corticosteroids shots in your knee if that is the affected joint.
Topical creams may aid in giving you some relief as well.
You might want to find a knee brace made specifically for osteoarthritis recovery, this could help ensure a safe recovery and may lower the level of pain you live with each day.
Follow your physician’s instructions and be sure to allow your body the time that it needs to heal properly and completely.
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