Arthrosis: can it be prevented? Arthrosis: can it be prevented?

Arthrosis: can it be prevented?

Prevention 23 November, 2016 Isabel Vallejo

Over the years, not only do our bones deteriorate, but the cartilage that joins them together does as well.

When the body begins to lose water, cartilage becomes dehydrated and loses it shape and properties, which is how diseases such as arthrosis can emerge.

This is a condition that tends to occur in people that are older than 50, but can also occur at an earlier age in people who do not lead healthy lifestyles such as those who are overweight or suffer from obesity, as the more weight the bones bear, the greater the joints deteriorate.

Arthrosis can affect the hands, the spine, the hips, feet and knees, causing such a strong pain sensation that it can sometimes be debilitating. Other than the joints that are involved, however, arthrosis does not affect other parts of the body, or other organs of the body.

In cases where the individual is more likely to suffer from arthrosis, it is recommended that the patient care for the joints by losing weight along with muscle-strengthening activities and physical therapy. The use of oral chondroprotection such as glucosamine sulfate and hyaluronic acid may also be used.

Unlike rheumatoid arthritis, the pain of arthrosis is not as strong in the mornings and at night and instead worsens as the day’s physical activities progress.