At a certain point in life, it isn’t uncommon that you will begin to notice the creeping aches and pains along certain parts of your body. Perhaps it might not be old age, but the fact that you have been very active since young and could have tested your body more than you realised.
And in some rare cases, genetics play a role and some sufferers end up experiencing these aches and pains from as young as their 20s. Certainly, the joints are the most sensitive of all as osteoarthritis (OA) presents one of the most common form of arthritis to affect most weight-bearing joints.
This is especially so when your body’s natural cushioning, which is the cartilage, wears away, causing the bones between the joints to rub against each other. The result, of course is not only pain – symptoms can also include swelling and stiffness that ultimately affect your ability to move.
OA is a common enough disease, the estimated prevalence of symptomatic knee OA in populations above 65 is 30%. Women, especially, are twice as likely to suffer from knee OA as men.
During the 1980s, a study on rheumatic diseases showed that 9.3% of Malaysian adults complained of knee pain, while a sharp increase in pain occurred to 23% of those over 55 years of age, and 39% of those over 65.
While research shows various factors leading to disability from osteoarthritis including being overweight or obese, and joint cartilage degeneration, research has yielded evidence that show a correlation between this condition with lifestyle choices.
And while there is no cure for OA, as it is a progressive disease, treatments exist that can help manage pain and swelling, even helping a person stay mobile and even active.
Signs of OA
Those who suffer from OA in the knee would typically complain of joint stiffness or gelling for more than 30 minutes. This is usually after some time of inactivity or waking up in the morning.
Another symptom is experiencing pain or aches in the knee joint, this is usually during or after an activity like walking up or down the stairs. The pain usually reduces after the sufferer rests with the intensity at times varying for no apparent reason.
Knee pain that wakes you up at night can happen in severe OA.
You might even experience crepitus – joint sound during movement, like a pop, a click or a grind – when you move if you have OA; or the joint may be swollen and red, inflamed or restricted in movement.
You might feel a sense of insecurity and instability of the joint or at times, your knee joint may give way because of weak thigh muscles or damaged ligaments.
There have been several misconceptions about osteoarthritis, including the belief that it is a condition associated with old age, or that it is not preventable, and surgical intervention is the only solution.
Doctors are so far unsure of the exact cause, but OA seems to develop when the body is unable to repair joint tissue naturally.
While it often affects older people, the condition can occur at any age.
Also, a traumatic injury, surgery or overuse of a joint can undermine the body's ability to carry out routine repairs and may trigger OA. It can take several years for symptoms to appear after an injury.
Help is at hand
For those suffering from OA, there is hope in the form of crystalline glucosamine sulfate, which has undergone clinical trials and certified for safety and efficacy.
Clinical studies have shown this compound to relieve pain and arrest function limitation caused by OA.
It apparently is able to reduce cartilage degradation by inhibiting the action of catabolic enzymes that break down body tissue that causes the cartilage to wear and tear
Understandably, consumers wonder about the time it takes for a product to work.
As this compound works at the root of the problem, patients are encouraged to consume it for three months for optimum effect.
And if you are worried about how safe this compound is, studies have shown that during the two long-term studies conducted over a period of three years, this compound safety was found to be similar to using a placebo.
*This article is brought to you by Mylan Healthcare Sdn Bhd.
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