How To Move Without Pain

General Health

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Best Ways to Maintain Joint Health and Reduce Joint Pain in Winter

It is important to exercise during wintertime, whether osteoarthritis is present or not. Not only because it makes you warm, but it can help boosts the immune system to fight seasonal flus & colds. The most important component of an exercise program is finding something you enjoy. If you’re having fun, it’ll be more likely for you to stick with it. Read 7 of the best ideas to keep your joints healthy, loose and strong all winter long.

man sitting on couch rubbing his sore knee and ankle

What does arthritis feel like?

Osteoarthritis is not a disease, but rather a chronic condition that can cause the cartilage of the bones in a joint to lose their cartilage. It may, therefore; be more accurate to refer to osteoarthritis as a symptom or complication of another condition. The most common causes of osteoarthritis are aging, obesity, repetitive use injuries, or a family history of osteoarthritis.

foot pain that could be arthritis

Signs your foot pain is arthritis

Most types of arthritis develop as the joint ages with normal activity. Inflammation within the joint can cause the arthritic disease to progress. Many types of arthritis develop due to autoimmune or genetic factors, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

The feet are made up of 26 bones connected by ligaments making 33 joints. Numerous muscles from the calf and foot produce the stability and movement the feet need in order to provide the body with balance, mobility for walking, and every other activity we choose to do.

Do I need an x-ray if my joints hurt?

Approximately 25% of adults will have knee pain at some point in their life. The pain may be from an injury, like a fall or a twisting movement. The pain could also develop slowly over time from changes in muscle strength, ligament stability, or the movement of the patella (kneecap) as the knee bends and straightens. Most of us will wait out the pain, hoping it goes away on its own with a little rest, a little medication, and a little icing. X-rays can detect bone fractures, bone alignment with other bones, certain tumors and other abnormal masses, pneumonia, some types of injuries, calcifications, and foreign objects.

What is a hip labral tear?

Hip impingement, more specifically, Femoral acetabular impingement (FAI) can develop for many different reasons; however, the exact cause is often unknown. There are two specific types of FAI that can occur, one due to the shape of the femoral head and the movement within the acetabulum (joint socket), and the other from an overgrowth of the anterior (front) hip tissues causing a pinching of the tissues during certain movements… but more about that later.

Improving the strength of your lower extremities and trunk will help to reduce added stress and overworked muscles around the hip. Strengthening the hips and trunk can reduce abnormal forces on the already injured joint.

4 Squat Modifications to make sure your knees don’t hurt

Squats are great exercise. The movement is familiar and functional, a movement we complete every time we sit in a chair, walking down stairs, or get into bed. Strengthening within our legs from hips to ankles is needed to complete the motion correctly. If squatting is a painful activity for you, try these ideas for modifications so you can work to strengthen your legs without pain.