The Most Common Joint Disease: Osteoarthritis

Do you suffer from stiffness and pain in certain joints? Then it could be that you suffer from osteoarthritis. You mainly feel osteoarthritis in the first 10 minutes after getting up, but after a little movement, the pain and stiffness does decrease. Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disease in our country, but  what exactly is osteoarthritis ?

What is osteoarthritis?

There is a layer of cartilage in every joint. This layer allows your bones to move smoothly over each other. However, in osteoarthritis, this layer of cartilage is so worn that the surface is no longer smooth and the bones no longer move smoothly. This causes pain, stiffness and inflammation in the joint. The cause of osteoarthritis is not known exactly. We know that osteoarthritis often occurs in the elderly, in overweight people and in people who exercise a profession where the joints are heavily loaded.

In which joints does osteoarthritis occur?

ace96 Osteoarthritis can occur in various joints in the body. It mainly occurs in the hips, knees and in the hand. This is because it is the joints we use the most.

The knee is the largest and most complex joint in the human body. It is a hinge joint that can also partly slide and rotate. During exercise you also exert a lot of force on this weight. This can eventually cause wear and eventually osteoarthritis in the knee . You cannot reverse the wear process after it has happened. However, you can keep the other cartilage healthy by exercising enough daily. This does not have to be intensive: walking or cycling for half an hour a day can be enough.

In addition to the knee, we also often see that osteoarthritis develops in the hand. Almost everyone aged 55 or older has osteoarthritis in the hand or wrist, but not everyone is aware of the wear process. The wear of the cartilage in the hand is therefore also a natural process, but can also be caused by long-term overloading of the hand joints.

What to do in osteoarthritis?

For starters, it is important that you take immediate action with joint complaints. If you decide to do something about it too late, it may already be too late and you will have joint problems for the rest of your life. It is important to counteract obesity so that your joints get less pressure on themselves. Keeping moving is also a must if you already suffer from osteoarthritis. You can also take anti-inflammatory drugs to prevent inflammation in the joint. Many anti-inflammatories have side effects that do not make you happy, such as stomach and intestinal complaints. Fortunately, nowadays there are also natural ingredients that can help you. It turns out that liquid green-lipped mussel, curcumin and black currant leaf help equally against the inflammation and that they can help you to move your joints more smoothly and with less pain. The major advantage of these natural anti-inflammatories is that there are no known side effects and that they can be taken together with blood thinners.