110416 Exercising your arthritic knees

110416 Exercising your arthritic knees

There are more than 100 different rheumatic diseases and conditions the most prevalent being osteoarthritis. The symptoms of the various rheumatic diseases include aching, pain, stiffness, and swelling in or around the involved joints.

Within the joint is a cushion between the bones, this cushion is the cartilage. Osteoarthritis breaks this cushion down. Over time, this continual degradation process causes the bones to touch. Movement initiates this rubbing, which causes the pain, stiffness, and swelling so common in those with osteoarthritis.

These diseases are more common among the older population, nonetheless nearly two thirds of those with arthritis are younger than 65. Arthritis affects 24.3% of women and about 18.7% of men across every age group, as well as all racial and ethnic populations. Furthermore, it is also more common amongst those who are obese than it is in those who are normal or underweight. It is estimated that approximately 60% of those who are obese will develop osteoarthritis.

The heavier you are the more pressure you are applying to your joints. Losing weight lessens this load on the joints. Seek out the advice of a registered dietitian and begin cutting back your weight with an improved eating plan.

Not only is arthritis a painful disease, it frequently occurs with other chronic conditions. The United States Centers for Disease Control reports that nearly half (47%) of those with arthritis suffer with one or more life-changing diseases. Over half of these adults (57%) have heart disease, (52%) have diabetes, (44%) have high blood pressure, and (36%) are obese.