Arthritis Joint Damage
What Are Joints and Why Do They Hurt
Joints can handle some heavy pressure. For example, knees
handle a force of three to four times a person’s total body
weight on average just talking a walk.
The force of a deep knee bend during a
squat can increase to nine times the body weight. So just
imagine multiplying weight of more than 150 pounds times a
minimum of three or four, and then even more. That can
definitely add up to a lot of heavy work on knee joints over
time. To ease the pain of Arthritic Joints in the knees, your
doctor will always tell you to lose some weight. It makes
Where two bones meet, called the joint, the bone ends are
covered with cartilage, also known as gristle. This cartilage
is sturdy, elastic and spongy or compressible, and keeps the
bones from moving against each other at the joint.
The cells of this cartilage, called chondrocytes, are
thought to be the longest living cells of the body. Among
the building blocks for this connective tissue is organic
sulphur or MSM in supplemental form. Since cooking
destroys this in foods, best use a supplement.
Surrounding the bones and cartilage is strong, fibrous
capsule lined with synovium, a thin membrane that lubricates
the joint area with fluid. The end result is less friction or
smoother rubbing together of the bones. This fluid also feeds
the cartilage cells, keeping them healthy, and is
into them during joint movement. Thus lack of movement
(activity / exercise) can be unhealthy.
Muscles Have an Effect on Arthritis Joint Damage
Other parts of the body features
involved with this arthritic scenario include muscles, tendons,
ligaments, bursea and mental activity. Muscles, attached to
bones with tendons and ligaments, move bones by contracting.
They also cushion movement, absorbing impact or shock.
Throughout the muscle and tendon areas are bursae or sacs
filled with fluid. (It is the fluid in the joints that makes
the “popping” noise when you rotate a joint. Even healthy
undamaged joints can pop.) These also help cushion movement.
And throughout all the coordination of these parts during
movement, the brain is a part. The brain communicates via
nerves throughout the body, in particular the muscles for this
scenario, to prepare joints for activity.
The exact science of what actually causes arthritis joint
damage is still being researched.
For most of the 200-plus forms of arthritis, the causes are
unknown or still being debated. Injury, overuse of joints and
mechanical issues with joints (like skeletal abnormalities,
worn out joint muscles) can lead to arthritis.
And issues relating to bacteria and germs can certainly
contribute to the problem. Heredity, stress, drugs, food
allergies and viruses have also been linked to some forms of
arthritis. So have diet, poor circulation and lack of
Right now, we just don't know for sure what causes Arthritis
and joint damage and pain. But, and I think this is a big
BUT, a healthy diet and regular exercise are the best
prevention we have against all forms of Arthritis Joint