What Is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a slow degeneration of the joints that connect your bones and allow you to move. Aging, injury, poor posture, and excess weight can cause joints to wear down and become stiff and painful.
Inside each joint, the ends of the bones are covered with a tough tissue called cartilage. In healthy joints, the cartilage is smooth and slick, so the bones can move easily.
What Can I Do to Keep My joints in Shape?
Do gentle exercise, such as swimming and walking, but slow down if you feel pain. Limit your activities to shorter periods of time and avoid high-risk or high-impact sports. Eating a zone appropriate diet may also improve your health, since losing excess weight can help relieve pressure on your joints.
Just as you need regular dental exams, you also need regular chiropractic exams. Even if you don’t have symptoms, chiropractic care is one of the best ways to manage or prevent joint problems and maintain a healthier life.