So sad but true that as you get older, it all starts to head down south! Your body that is! Things starts to sag and droop, body parts that once perked up so pretty, seem to take on a life of their own going off in a hundred and one directions!
And what about that once beautiful butt?! Oh the days when tight was right and firm was a fashion piece you wore proudly! Now when you walk past the mirror you end up with a shockwave…because it’s gone so concave! 🙂
And to add to your worries the joints, ligaments and cartilage that used to hold you all together, feel like they’re coming apart!
The once, nippy, zippy you, now lives permanently in a pain zone and it’s just not funny! 🙁
The years of hard-core cardio, lugging extra body load and poor dieting has finally taken it’s toll!
But don’t despair what toning and shaping can do for your body, even as you get older, science and supplements can do for your joints!
And that’s what I am going to share with you in today’s blog! As part of my series on Natural Supplements for Health and Wellness not only do I pack a punch in terms of the information and resources I share, but I’ll also put you on the road to the best Nutritional Supplements on the market. And when I say the best, I’m talking about science-based pharmaceutical grade products that deliver the nutrients your cells need, not just to survive, but to thrive at optimum levels. Nothing else will do. In fact if it’s not Pharmaceutical ~ just forget it! 🙂
If you have been following the others blogs in my series, you’ll know I am a huge advocate of Lifestyle Changes to promote health. You will learn that it is not just a matter of supplements, supplements, supplements, but rather a transformational change, one step at a time, from the inside out!
So in today’s blog I’ll share insights on the following:
~ What is Joint Pain?
~ Joint Pain ~ A Common Condition
~ Arthritis Under The Microscope
~ The Causes of Joint Pain, Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
~ Other Common Causes of Joint Pain
~ How Healthy Are You?
But in case you’re in a hurry and want relief now, skip over to Part 2 and you will find it under Repairing Your Cartilage. Natural Supplement For Joint Pain towards the bottom of the page.
What is Joint Pain?
In simple terms let me explain what a joint is. A joint is where two or more bones are joined together. Joints can be moveable or rigid and there are different types of joints depending on where they are in your body.
Your elbow, knee, and the middle and end joints of your fingers are hinge joints as they allow back and forth movement, but not side-to-side or lateral movement.
Your hips and the shoulders are ball-and-socket joints and being the largest joints in your body, they allow a great range of complex movement.
Many joints have cartilage on the ends of the bones where they come together. You can think about cartilage as the cushion or shock absorbers between your bones. They have two main functions.
- Cartilage helps you move by allowing bones to glide over one another.
- Cartilage protects bones by preventing them from rubbing against each other.
Healthy joints have good space between the bones and are not touching each other. Joint pain often occurs when bone is touching bone as a result of inflammation, injury or trauma usually over time.
Joint Pain ~ A Common Condition
Joint pain is extremely common and as a used-to-be gym fanatic with a no gain without pain policy, I can tell you, I’m no stranger to joint pain!
Of all the joints the knee is the most frequently damaged and the most susceptible to pain because it takes the full weight of your body and bares the impact when you run or jump.
In one national survey approximately one in three adults reported experiencing some type of joint pain within the last 30 days. Read more.
And one in five Americans have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis.
There are many possible causes that lead to joint pain but it’s usually a result of injury or arthritis. The word arthritis actually means joint inflammation and is any disorder that affects the joints.
There are over a hundred different arthritic conditions, the two most common being Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis.
Arthritis Under The Microscope
Most types of arthritis are chronic meaning they can go on for a long period of time. So let’s put the microscope under arthritis and further examine Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis (OA). A Chronic Degenerative Disease
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and is a result of a breakdown of your joint cartilage.
Without a adequate cushioning between your bones, the every day wear and tear over time causes damage to the protective surface of the bones and causes mild swelling of the tissues in and around the joint.
Your once smooth shock-absorbing cartilage becomes rough resulting in friction, pain and loss of motion in the joint.
Due to the tremendous repetitive strain put on the joint it is not uncommon for athletes, bodybuilders ballerinas, baseball pitchers, and tennis players to develop osteoarthritis over time.
The risk of developing most types of arthritis increases with age, though it can also be triggered by an injury to a joint, such as a knee injury that damages the cartilage.
Osteoarthritis usually happens in your hands, neck, lower back, or the large weight-bearing joints of your body, such as knees and hips.
Interestingly before age 45, men are more likely to develop osteoarthritis. After 50, women are more likely to develop OA than men. The difference becomes almost even around age 80. Read it here.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). A Systemic Autoimmune Disease
Rheumatoid Arthritis is known as an autoimmune disease, a type of illness that makes your body attack itself. This type of arthritis causes pain, inflammation, and fluid build-up in the joints as the membrane that lines them is attacked by the body’s immune system. As a result you will experience pain, swelling, and stiffness that can lasts for hours. More here.
Rheumatoid arthritis usually begins in small joints in the hands and feet, then spreads to larger joints.
More common among women Rheumatoid Arthritis can deform and debilitate the joints over time. It often happens in the same joint on both sides of your body. Rheumatoid Arthritis can also cause problems with your heart, muscles, blood vessels, nervous system, and eyes. Read here.
The Causes of Joint Pain, Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
There are numerous causes of arthritis and joint pain some of them are still unknown. There are however several contributing factors that increase the risk of joint pain, joint stiffness, and joint swelling.
As you get older, painful joints become increasingly more common. I know, I know, it’s a high price to pay for growing old! But that’s not to suggest joint pain is inevitable as you grow older. I recently met a delightful 78-year-old gentleman in a spin class in Chicago who had no signs of deteriorating joints and could easily spin the socks off kids half his age!
However it is a fact of life that cartilage like the tires of your car, are worn down over time! The shock absorbers you relied on for a smooth and easy glide naturally become thin, cracked, or just wear through. Bones may also break down and loss of muscle tone all come alone with age, bringing on joint pain and dysfunction.
- Excess Weight
Excess weight seems to be a risk factor for most chronic disease and arthritis is no different. Being obese or overweight puts additional stress on joints, cartilage, and bones, especially your poor old knees!
Can you imagine the damage you cause over time by lugging around all that extra load? The pain and discomfort doesn’t bare thinking about!
Being over weight with arthritis negatively impacts joint function, increases inflammation, is linked to heart disease events such as heart attack, compromises sleep and is costly!
Yes, the fiscal cost of arthritis including the cost of treatment and lost earnings is a hefty $128 billion per year!
I enjoyed this article that lists some compelling reasons to lose weight and some tips on how doing so may improve your arthritis. Read it here.
Overuse of certain joints increases the risk of developing joint problems and osteoarthritis. People in jobs requiring repeated knee bending are at increased risk for developing OA of the knee. Other occupations where the body is used more rigorously such as construction, agriculture, cleaning, and retail are more likely to develop OA than those undertaking a desk job.
And it’s no accident that a tennis pro develops tennis elbow, a form of tendonitis that causes chronic pain and can quickly bring an end to any sports career.
Baseball pitchers throwing fastballs at speeds of more than 100 mph, regularly develop arthritis of the shoulder and/or elbow.
It is not just sports professionals that are at risk. Weight lifters, athletes and fitness fanatics have a great chance of developing arthritis due to the excessive stress they place on their joints.
Genetics play a part in developing Rheumatoid Arthritis. Scientist have discovered a genetic marker called the HLA is linked to this chronic systemic disease. If you happen to have this gene you have a fivefold greater chance of developing rheumatoid arthritis than do people without the marker. Read more from Arthritis.org
Trauma such as a sports injury can increase the odds of developing arthritis in that joint. The symptoms are similar to those caused by most other forms of arthritis and include pain, inflammation and a build up of fluid around the joint. More here.
Another form of arthritis known as Infectious Arthritis or Septic Arthritis is caused by the spread of a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection through the bloodstream to the joint or the fluid surrounding the joint.
The disease agents may enter the joint directly from the outside as a result of an injury or a surgical procedure, or they may be carried to the joint by the blood from infections elsewhere in the body.
Septic arthritis is considered a medical emergency because of the damage it causes to bone as well as cartilage and its potential for creating septic shock, which is a potentially fatal condition. More here.
TNF is a substance the body produces that causes inflammation and may play a part in initiating or maintaining rheumatoid arthritis. Although scientists are unsure exactly what triggers rheumatoid arthritis, they have found that drugs that counteract the effects of TNF, called TNF antagonists, are often helpful in managing the symptoms of this disease.
Other Common Causes of Joint Pain
Conditions other than arthritis that can cause joint pain include:
- Bursitis (inflammation of the cushioning pads around joints)
- Lupus (a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs.)
- Gout (a form of inflammatory arthritis that develops in some people who have high levels of uric acid in the blood.)
- Certain infectious diseases (such as mumps, influenza, and hepatitis)
- Chondromalacia of the patella (also known as runners knee is breakdown of the kneecap’s cartilage)
- Tendinitis (inflammation of the tendon)
- Infection of the bone
- Fibromyalgia (a disorder characterised by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues)
- Sarcoidosis (the growth of tiny collections of inflammatory cells (granulomas) in different parts of your body, most commonly the lungs)
- Rickets (a childhood bone disorder in which bones soften and become prone to fractures and deformity.)
How Healthy Are You?
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By now you should have a greater insight in to joint pain, arthritis, OA and RA but hold on to your hat, I’m only just getting started!
In Part 2 of Natural Supplements for Joint Pain and Arthritis, I’ll dive in to more juicy gems and tell you exactly what you need to do to rev-up your health, get on point with your joints and super size your sexy! 🙂
It is my personal mission to take you on a sensational Journey to a Healthier YOU. I look forward to seeing you in Part 2!
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