All bones, (except for one in the neck), form a joint with another bone. Most joints are designed to protect the ends of bones where they meet. They also hold your bones together and they allow your rigid skeleton to move. Bones are connected to other bones by many different types of joints. Some are fixed (such as in the skull) but most are moving joints.
Our joints work extremely hard over a lifetime so it is not surprising that repeated strenuous activity involved in certain jobs and sports, and the ageing process, are likely to affect their health and efficiency.
PREVENTION AND TREATMENT
It makes good sense to take care of our joints to keep them supple and flexible at work and at play:
- Maintain a healthy weight
Carrying too much weight increases the strain on load bearing joints. Elasticated bandages and braces may reduce the strain on joints.
Moderate exercise promotes movement, strength, sustained function as well as aiding all-round physical and psychological well-being.
- Eat a balanced diet
Eating foods high in the omega-3 fatty acids, like oily fish is good for joint health. As well as a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruit, vegetables and grains and only moderate amounts of fatty and sugary foods
- Joint Health Supplements
There are many supplements available to aid Joint Health such as Turmeric, Fish Oil, Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Vitamin D3, Mussel and more. These products provide joint comfort, mobility, lubrication and joint nutrition for damaged joint cartilage. They provide extra support for repair of damaged joints, and support joint cushioning.
- See your doctor
If you have swelling or stiffness in your joints that lasts for more than two weeks, make an appointment with your doctor for an accurate diagnosis. There are many types of medication or other management strategies to reduce pain and swelling of joints.