Joints that are healthy are comprised of two bones in your body with a cushion made of synovial fluid and cartilage, which are held in place by synovial membranes and ligaments. on the other hand, when a joint is unhealthy and worn out over the years of usage, it results in deterioration of that synovial fluid, as well as the destruction of the cartilage. This usually results in bone-to-bone contact. Joint pain is very common and generally results in arthritis or injury. Some other common causes of joint pain are just the normal wear and tear of aging and strain from carrying around too much weight. This is why it is important to protect your joints and care for them properly by remaining physically active and paying attention to signs of pain.
There are many things you can do to slow down the wear and tear of joints and most of them boil down to changing habits. For example, it sounds obvious but remembering that your larger, stronger joints can help take more of a load than smaller ones. Rather than holding your shopping bags in your hands, spread the weight so it is not just your wrists carrying the heavy load by using a backpack or bag with a shoulder strap. Worst comes to worst, online shopping is an excellent choice!
One of the most important ways to maintain healthy joints is to maintain a healthy weight. Regular exercise will not only help you keep your weight in check, but it will also give you a boost of energy and help prevent stiffness and swelling in joints. As humans, our joints are designed to keep moving. Activities that won’t put joints under stress is the best choice for joint health. Swimming, for example, is a good option because you are using every muscle in your body, building strength and suppleness, all while the water supports your weight and you lower your risk of straining your joints. Exercises like yoga and Pilates are another great choice on keeping your joints healthy. Regularly practicing yoga can:
- Increase your range of motion
- Strengthen muscles that support joints
- Increase bone strength
- Keeps joint cartilage healthy
- Circulates synovial fluid in movable joints
If you struggle with joint pain and joint health, there is a lot of research that shows yoga is a suitable choice for those inflicted with disorders affecting joints, specifically osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. By combining yoga with typical medical care, you will notice both psychological and physical improvements.
According to the National Institutes of Health, knee osteoarthritis is a chronic disease that will continue to affect an ever increasing number of patients, particularly the elderly and the obese. The NIH also reports that there are some estimations in claiming that in 2030, this medical condition will burden 67 million people in the United States. And in cases of knee osteoarthritis, some patients condition is so severe that they usually become candidates of total knee replacement may be required. The issue when it comes to total knee replacements is that they take a lot of effort, are expensive, and are not always successful.
As we know, it is possible to collect tissue from one part of the body and transplant that tissue to another part. Bone marrow and fat can contain progenitor cells that has the ability to form new tissue, such as bone or cartilage. These cells are often called “stem cells.” There are even cells from babies present in amniotic fluid that can be used as a source for cells that may reduce inflammation or restore or protect cartilage. Though, none of these treatments are yet proven, they are definitely worth studying in clinical trials. If ongoing studies prove that Regenerative medicine therapy can reliably treatment for preventing the progression of arthritis or even reverse arthritis and prevent joint replacement, these therapies could be well worth using. At Central Coast Regenerative & Aesthetic Medicine in San Luis Obispo, we utilize Regenerative Medicine to help repair tissue injuries, bone injuries, arthritis, and osteoarthritis. This is different from Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) because Regenerative Medicine are not plasma. While PRP utilizes the platelets in the blood to increase growth factors in tissues and affected joints, this therapy uses manipulates the cells before they can become part of an environment, making the cells more diverse to adapt and begin healing different injuries, conditions, and diseases that cannot be treated with PRP. To learn more about Platelet-Rich Plasma and Regenerative Medicine, call Central Coast Regenerative & Aesthetic Medicine in San Luis Obispo at (805) 250-4450 to schedule an appointment. We can help determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment.