Does Arthritis Affect You?

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Does Arthritis Affect You?

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Do you find yourself feeling sore and achy in one or more of your joints of your body after physical work or exercise? It is possible, that youmay be experiencing the symptomsof osteoarthritis. According to theAmericanArthritisAssociation, Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis affecting the vast majority of the population as they age. There are many reasons why people get OA, but the main one is that as we all live longer, wear and tear on the cartilage in our joints occurs, causing inflammation and pain after activity. CAUSES OF OSTEOARTHRITIS While the exact mechanisms of how OA starts are not known, a lifestyle of inactivity, poor diet, weakness in an area, injury, or disease can accelerate OA in people, even in young adults. Your cartilage is a shock absorber for your joints and depends on your overall health and nutrition to survive the relentless daily pounding it takes. Over time, joint alignment and muscle weakness around a joint can significantly affect the pressure on the cartilage causing it to wear down faster.

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