How to Protect Your Joints

How to Protect Your Joints

The cartilage that cushions your joints can break down overtime, and without enough padding, your bones will hurt when they rub against each other.

Frayed cartilage can’t heal or grow back. In fact, there’s no way to reverse osteoarthritis or damaged cartilage. Despite this, at Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center we can help ease your pain and protect the cartilage you still have.

Use the following tips to protect your joints:

Lose Weight

If you’re overweight, slimming down will help take stress off your knees and hips. Every pound you lose removes four pounds of pressure off your knees and lessens joint wear and tear.

Exercise 

Research indicates that pain and stiffness gets worse when you aren’t active. Regular exercise that gets your heart pumping will boost your blood flow, which keeps cartilage well nourished. Exercise will also help you reach and maintain a healthy weight.

Avoid high-impact activities, like jumping and running, and instead choose exercises like walking, cycling or swimming. At Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center, we recommend performing 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least five days a week.

Strengthen Your Muscles

Muscles surrounding your jointscan help your body absorb some of the shock that normally goes through them when you move.

To protect your joints, build up the muscles that surround them. For example, to improve symptoms in your knee, strengthen your quadriceps muscles, which are in the front of your thigh. Our specialists at Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center can show you exercises that will strengthen the muscles surrounding your joints, and can tailor a specific workout program for your needs.

Stretch

Stretching will help you improve your ability to move your joints. This not only fights stiffness but also helps protect the cartilage from more wear and tear.

The more joints move, the more the cartilage gets nourished by the synovial fluid. At Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center, we recommend practicing yoga or Pilates to increase flexibility.

Use Supplements

Certain supplements may help protect your cartilage, and some studies suggest they can even ease your pain.

Use Over-the-Counter Anti-Inflammatories

Some common anti-inflammatory medications that may help ease your joint pain include:

  • Naproxen (Aleve)
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
  • Aspirin
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories are a good choice for short-term relief during flare-ups of joint pain. However, if you need them every day, talk to your doctor about other options.

As Your Doctor About Injections

Injections may help protect your joints by working as a lubricant and anti-inflammatory agent. At Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center, our team of specialists can help relieve your joint pain through different types of injections.

Below is a list of common joint injection services that are provided at our clinic. Please follow the links for more information.

Injection Specialties:

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