Joint pain can be debilitating and adversely affect the way you live your life on a daily basis. It’s estimated that around 28% of the Australian population suffer from some form of arthritic or other musculoskeletal condition.
What causes joint pain?
With over 230 moveable and semi-moveable joints in your body, there are many types of injuries or conditions that can lead to joint pain. Joint pain is commonly associated with mild arthritic conditions and typically involves thinning of the cartilage and the development of bony spur growths. Tendons, ligaments and muscles surrounding the joint can weaken and the joint can become inflamed, painful and stiff.
Mild osteoarthritis – ‘wear and tear’ arthritis
Mild osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common degenerative joint condition and can affect any joint, although it typically affects the knees, hips and spine. Mild OA is referred to as ‘wear and tear’ arthritis due to its association with overuse of a joint or joints from either recurring movement over a long period of time, too much sport or carrying excess weight. Important lifestyle tips to help maintain healthy joints include:
- Keep active and stay as mobile as possible
- Include low impact exercises such as aerobics, yoga, tai-chi, swimming and bike riding
- Maintain a healthy weight range to reduce excessive pressure or tension on joints
Look after your joints with:
- Curcumin, the active component of Turmeric, reduces the symptoms of mild osteoarthritis including joint pain and stiffness. It helps relieve inflammation and improve joint mobility. Turmeric itself has a long history of traditional use in Ayurvedic medicine as an anti-inflammatory and to decrease symptoms of mild arthritis. See Bio Curcumin 5400.
- Glucosamine is required for the formation of collagen, helping to maintain joint health and can help increase joint mobility and decrease joint stiffness associated with mild osteoarthritis. Glucosamine also provides anti-inflammatory activity to help reduce joint inflammation and relieves symptoms of mild osteoarthritis. See Glucosamine MAX.
- Ginger is used to reduce aches and pains in mild osteoarthritis. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is traditionally used in Western herbal medicine to promote healthy blood circulation. See Glucosamine MAX.