Alternative Names Hypertrophic osteoarthritis; Osteoarthrosis; Degenerative joint disease; DJD; OA; Arthritis - osteoarthritis Symptoms Pain and stiffness in the joints are the most common symptoms. The pain is often worse after exercise and when placing weight or pressure on the joint. Your joints become stiff and harder to move over time. You may notice a rubbing, grating, or crackling sound when you move the joint. The phrase "morning stiffness" refers to the pain and stiffness people feel when they first wake up in the morning. Stiffness usually lasts for 30 minutes or less. It is improved by mild activity that "warms up" the joint. During the day, the pain may get worse with activity and feel better when you are resting. After a while, the pain may be present when you're resting. It may even wake you up at night. Some people might not have symptoms, even though x-rays show the changes of OA. Signs and tests A physical exam can show: Joint movement may cause a cracking (grating) sound, call...
What are Green Lipped Mussel Extract supplements, and
should I be taking them for my osteoarthritis?
New Zealand is a beautiful
country. My family lived there when I
was 2 years old. Although I don't
remember it well, I was left with many memorable pictures of its people and
landscapes. Perhaps because my family has fond memories of our stay there, I
have always found myself partial to it.
There is a supplement that originated in New Zealand that has been gaining increasing
attention in the U.S.
I am speaking of green-lipped muscle
extract supplements. The scientific
name for the supplement is Perna canaliculus . If you have spent time on the Internet
looking for arthritis supplements, you may very well have run into this one.
idea behind green-lipped mussel extract supplements is that the extract
contains a mixture of glucosamine, omega-3 fatty acids, and a variety of
minerals that are purported to help arthritis sympt...
Risk Factors In the U.S., osteoarthritis affects about 27 million Americans age 25 years and older. Age Osteoarthritis can affect people of any age, but it is much more common in older people. It rarely occurs in people younger than age 40. Gender In people younger than 45, osteoarthritis occurs more frequently in men. After age 45, it develops more often in women. Some research suggests that women may also experience greater muscle and joint pain, in general, than men. Obesity Obesity, defined as being 20% over one's healthy weight, places people (particularly women) at increased risk for osteoarthritis. It also worsens osteoarthritis once deterioration begins. This higher risk is due to increased weight on the joints. Work and Leisure Factors Because injuries can trigger the disease process, people whose work or leisure activities place them at risk for muscle and joint injuries may face a higher risk for osteoarthritis later on. Occupational Risks. Certain occupations with repeated stressful...
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