Arthritis is an inflammation of one or more of the joints. Pain, swelling and stiffness are its primary symptoms. People with osteoarthritis are in a good company because millions of people struggle with it around the world.
Knee arthritis is the most common among the elderly and it cannot be cured but the right treatment can reduce the pain and the stiffness. Such a treatment can help you stay active for life and enjoy life more.
Knee arthritis occurs when the cartilage of the knee joint erodes. Cartilage is a smooth, slippery substance that protects the bones as you bend and straighten your knee. When the knees do not have the gliding and cushioning effect of the cartilage, the knee joint rubs together and experiences a lot of friction. This doesn’t allow the knee to move easily, the knee becomes stiff, swollen and painful.
The reason for knee degeneration can vary from high impact injury, high-intensity sports or ageing but the painful symptoms remain the same. Morning stiffness is the most common symptom among all the pain-causing symptoms. Morning stiffness is the pain or stiffness one feels right after waking up in the morning and it can last up to 30 minutes or more.
Over time, joint degeneration progresses leading to worsening of its signs and symptoms. Although there are several risk factors such as age, gender and heredity that play a role in the development of the condition, there is no cure for it.
Though you cannot eradicate the problem from its roots, there are few preventive measures that can help you keep pain at bay and let you remain mobile for the most part of your life. Here are some of them.
There are countless benefits of maintaining a healthy body weight, preventing joint degeneration being one of them. Once you start piling on extra weight on your body, the joints begin to get strained. It is the knee joints that have to carry the body's weight, causing them to wear out soon.
Although high-intensity workouts can have a disastrous impact directly on your joints, no exercise can cause muscle on the front of the thigh to weaken. Balanced amount of exercise plays a vital role in keeping joints healthy and preventing symptoms of joint degeneration.
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Research shows that glucosamine supplements can effectively relieve pain and stiffness caused by joint degeneration. Nutritional supplements when combined with right lifestyle changes, such as balanced diet and exercise, can work wonders on your joints.
Stress in any amount is not healthy for your body. If your schedule does not allow you to ward away stress, try relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga. These techniques not only reduce stress, but they also improve overall health.
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