Many Americans over the age of 60 experience mild stiffness in the knee and hip joints, that often worsens as time passes. Degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis is usually the culprit. It is a condition that impacts range of motion and often disrupts normal activities, but can degenerative joint disease be treated?
Degenerative joint disease
Degenerative joint disease is caused by the breakdown of the cartilage that protects the bones. Cartilage is spongy connective tissue that normally covers the end of the bones within a joint. It makes movement easier, absorbs impact, and protects the bones from rubbing against each other.
When the cartilage deteriorates there is therefore a lot of friction and pain. Osteoarthritis is also characterized by swelling and reduced range of motion in the joint, as well as stiffness. It generally affects the knees, spine, and hips.
Can it be treated?
Degenerative joint disease can be treated, and treatment generally focuses on alleviating pain, and improving the strength and flexibility of the joints. The specific treatment plan will depend on several variables including the extent of the joint disease, as well as overall health.
Less severe cases of osteoarthritis respond well to conservative techniques such as a regular exercise regimen. This will go a long way in strengthening the joints, improving flexibility, and increasing range of motion.
Doctors also recommend Posture Pump products to help relieve the symptoms of degenerative joint disease. The products decompress and shape the spine, and also provide well-needed lubrication and nourishment for the discs. Rehydrating the discs helps to improve joint health, and also reduces the stress on the affected joints.
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