Joint pain is a very common problem with many possible causes, but more often than not, it's usually a result of injury or arthritis.
In older people, joint pain that gets steadily worse is usually a sign of osteoarthritis. According to the NHS osteoarthritisis is the most common form of arthritis and causes joints to become painful and stiff. It is important to see your GP if you have persistent symptoms of osteoarthritis – the most common of which are swelling, tenderness and a grating or crackling sound when moving the affected joints.
Rheumatoid arthritis is less common and presents as a long-term condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. The symptoms usually affect the hands, feet and wrists.
MAINTAINING HEALTHY JOINTS
While aches and pains are more common than people would like, there are things you can do to help keep your joints healthy and reduce the risk and scale of joint pain.
Keeping your weight within a healthy range is one of the best things you can do. Weight-bearing joints, such as your knees, hips, and back, have to support some, if not all, of your body weight. Strong muscles support your joints, so if you don't have enough muscle, your joints take additional strain, especially your spine, hips, and knees. Be careful to not exceed your body’s limits though, as too much impact and exertion can end up doing more damage than good to your joints.
SUPPLEMENTS AND VITAMINS
Many people also take vitamins and supplements to support their joints. Seven Seas JointCare® Supplex® has been formulated to support the maintenance of normal muscle function with Vitamin D. The formula also incorporates manganese to maintain normal function of connective tissue and vitamin C that contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of bones and cartilage as well as vitamin E that contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative damage. The supplement also contains copper that contributes to maintenance of normal connective tissues and normal functioning of the nervous system.