Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is the most common form of arthritis. It’s caused by the breakdown and eventual loss of cartilage – the rubbery tissue that covers the ends of bones and cushions joints. Without cartilage our bones would rub together, causing swelling, pain and loss of strength and range of motion.
While osteoarthritis occurs mostly in older people, younger people may also be affected as a result of accidents or sports injuries, or other joint conditions. Carrying excess weight on the body or carrying out repetitive jobs, or jobs that involve a lot of heavy lifting, can put enormous stress on our joints and this may eventually contribute to osteoarthritis as well.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a progressive disease, with symptoms worsening over time. It can occur in numerous areas of the body, but the hands, hips, knees, neck, spine and feet are common hotspots. Symptoms include pain, of course, as well as reduced movement. Stiffness may be experienced, which is often more severe on waking in the morning. Difficulty walking, especially up stairs or hills, is common, and getting in and out of cars may be difficult, too. If hands are affected, discomfit is often felt at the base of the thumb, or the top joints or the middle joints of the fingers. Fingers may also be stiff and swollen, and bumps and bends may occur as well.
Those people who actively manage their osteoarthritis are more likely to gain control over their symptoms. A healthy lifestyle and remaining active will help in part. For short-term comfort, shock-absorbing soles may help to reduce the pressure on joints, and special devices, such as tap and bottle turners, can make everyday tasks easier.
For long-term comfort though, collagen supplementation is one of the most fundamental things you can do to help maintain healthy joints – and, in particular, repair cartilage. Our best-selling product, Puraz PRO-d Joint Formula, works by restoring collagen, which is the main building block of cartilage. It replenishes collagen where it’s needed and helps to repair the cartilage. In fact, Puraz PRO-d Joint Formula is scientifically proven to support cartilage regeneration. And that’s what gives you the comfortable, flexible movement you need to start enjoying your life again.
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