Activa: Arthritis Pain Relief

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Asweallage,ourbodiesexperienceacertain “wearand tear”oncartilageand joints.Thiscancause inflammationandpain,knownasarthritis.According to the American Arthritis Foundation, Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, making itself apparent in peopleas they age. It can certainly take a toll on one’s body, resulting in achy or painful joints after exercise, after a long day on one’s feet, or even after prolonged periods of inactivity, thus causing joints to constrict. ThemostcommonareasofOsteoarthritisarefound inthefingers,hips,knees, andspine.Theseareall joints thatweuseexcessively,even inourdaily lives. Just think - by the time you lift yourself out of bed, shower, brush your teeth, eatbreakfast,andprepare tobeginyourday,you’vealreadyused these joints amultitudeof times.Therefore, it isn’tsurprising thatpaincanoccur in them over time. If you believe you may be experiencing Osteoarthritis, give one of our physical therapists a call today to discuss pain relief. Why do we experience Osteoarthritis? While it is true that Osteoarthritis is most common in older folks, that is not always necessarily the case. It is possible that Osteoarthritis can present itself in younger adults, especially if they are prone to weak joints, poor dieting, or if they aren’t very active. Your

cartilage works hard to protect your joints by absorbing the natural shocks thatyourbodyexperiencesonadailybasis.Therefore,muchofyour likelihood regarding Osteoarthritis is dependent upon the physical and nutritional lifestyles you partake in. Joint alignment can alter and themuscles around a joint can weaken over time, causing thecartilage toshift or thin.Ascartilage wears down, Osteoarthritis becomes much more common. AsOsteoarthritisprogresses,moresymptomscanarise.Themostcommon symptoms are: • Joint pain. • Swelling or tenderness in or around the joint(s). • Inflammation or flare-ups of pain in the joint(s) after use. • Feeling stiff after sitting or laying down for prolonged periods of time, especially when getting up in the morning. •Crepitus -also referred toasa “crackingorcrunching” feelingwhenmoving the joint(s), or the sound of bone rubbing on bone. If you are suffering with arthritis pain, discover our programs today and learn more about how to gain relief.

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