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You have probably heard a thousand times, “If you crack your knuckles, you’ll get arthritis.” Well guess what, this isn’t true! Cracking your knuckles isn’t really the main culprit (or culprit at all) for arthritis, I can tell you that NOT moving your joints will get you there much faster.

So what is Arthritis really? It is the degeneration of the cartilage in various joints of the body that lead to pain, stiffness, and inflammation.

It can actually begin a vicious cycle, as pain leads to you trying to protect the joints by not doing as much activity, which leads to greater degeneration as the fluid in the joint is dependent on motion of that joint. This is why “Motion is lotion” is such an accurate saying. Lotion…lubricant…synovial fluid…. whatever you want to call it, your joints needs it to function well. 

There are many different types of Arthritis with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis being the top two. Osteoarthritis develops from “wear-and-tear” of the cartilage In any given joint that may stem from being overweight with a sedentary lifestyle, previous surgery, and even, in some cases, having engaged in extreme high impact activities for a long period of time. The gradual break down of the meniscus in the knee over time is often a cause of knee osteoarthritis, causing the femur and the tibia to be “bone on bone” after having rubbed through the meniscus.  Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks its own tissue, leading to inflammation of various joints. Those with RA may present with nodules around the affected joints along with extreme stiffness.

Those suffering with Arthritis may have:

  • pain with sitting to standing;
  • pain and instability with pivoting and turning;
  • an increase in joint pain with cold/rainy weather due to an increase in atmospheric pressure;
  • grabbing and holding onto objects of various sizes;
  • Sleeping on their side.

While there is not much research to completely reverse the breakdown, it is vital to take care of it early to decrease the rate of damage and manage pain. There are many methods for management, but the best way to help the body is to establish a low-impact exercise regimen to strengthen the muscle surrounding the joints without over-stressing the joints themselves. (Don’t forget the importance of a nutritious diet that allows the body to use the vitamins and minerals necessary for tissue reproduction and decreasing inflammation in the body.)

By Kiara Holmes

REMEMBER. MOTION IS LOTION! 

With appropriate exercising strengthening the muscle, and the accompanying motion to keep the joints lubricated, arthritis is completely manageable! If you or someone you know are struggling with the symptoms of arthritis do not wait any longer and risk further damage. Call Loudoun Sports Therapy Center TODAY at (703) 450-4300! CLICK HERE for more on how physical therapy can help you.

 

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