June 13, 2018
Moving, walking and exercising throughout life can be hard on your cartilage. Cartilage is the soft connective tissue that covers the ends of bones. When this cartilage degenerates, chronic inflammation is caused in joints and it may further cause arthritis. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis (OA). To prevent or at least reduce its possibilities, it’s essential to learn about joints, cartilage and aging process. Therefore Earth’s Wisdom is today going to tell you about them.
The job of cartilage is to cushion joints and help them move easily and smoothly. Cartilage is kept healthy by a thick fluid which is produced by a membrane known as synovium. With the wear and tear of cartilage, synovium can be thickened and inflamed, which may further result in inflammation. Due to the inflammation extra fluid is produced within the joint which leads to swelling and probably develops osteoarthritis (OA).
Joints that commonly fall prey to OA are:
With the further deterioration of cartilage, nearby bones may not get enough cushioning from cartilage and lubrication from synovial fluid. When such bones get in touch with each other, surrounding tissues have to suffer additional pain and inflammation.
When bones rub against each other continuously, they may become thicker and start growing osteophytes or bone spurs.
With age, people start experiencing mild aching in joints while standing, climbing stairs or exercising. The body is unable to recover as quickly as it did in young age.
Cartilage also starts weakening naturally which may lead to soreness. Its cushioning around joints that help them move more smoothly starts vanishing with age. These are body’s shock absorbers and they start wearing out.
Bone strength and muscle tone too are lost with age. This can make physically hard tasks even more challenging and taxing on the body.
The most common and prominent risk factor for OA is age. Most OA patients are more than the age of 55. There are other factors as well that increase the chances of a person for developing the disease. They are as follows:
Genetics may play an important role in developing OA. If any of your family members had OA your risk of developing the disease increases.
OA is more likely to develop in men before the age of 45 and in women after 50. However, at the age of 80 the likelihood of developing OA in both the genders becomes almost the same.
When your weight is more than normal, extra stress is exerted on joints, bones and cartilage, especially in hips and knees. Extra weight also increases your chances of being physically less active. Regular physical activity can dramatically lessen the chances of developing OA by lessening the weight.
There are certain occupations which increase the risk of developing OA in a person. These are:
These occupations demand more vigorous use of bodies because of which more wear and tear of joints takes place leading to more inflammation.
OA can be developed in younger and more active people too. However, it’s usually because of a trauma, such as an accident or sports injury. Accidents or physical injuries taken place in the past also increase the likeliness of developing OA later in life.
As such, OA has no cure. So, treatment only includes pain management which is done with medications, workout and physical therapy. Treatment is customized based on the person’s lifestyle and things that trigger pain.
Home remedies too can be taken for OA and they include low-impact exercise to improve joint mobility, warm compresses or cold packs, assistive devices like splints, braces and canes to support weak joints, rest and weight loss.
Take care of your joints as you age by controlling your weight and keeping yourself physically active. If you still develop OA, talk to your doctor and check your treatment options.
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