As we age, our bodies can’t always keep up with the lifestyle we’ve often taken for granted over the years, but a little daily maintenance can go a long way toward having healthy and strong joints well into our golden years.
To help you get started, we’ve assembled some of our top tips for reducing the effects of aging-related wear on your joints.
A healthy joint combines two bones in your body with a cushion of what’s called synovial fluid and some cartilage, both held in place by synovial membranes and ligaments. An unhealthy joint weathered by years of usage, on the other hand, experiences an absence of that synovial fluid, along with a deterioration and erosion of the cartilage, and the end result is bone-to-bone contact.
The forces that wage war on your body can be as innocent as the normal wear and tear of getting older, or they can be severe injuries sustained in your past or maybe the stress of carrying around too much weight. Whatever the case might be, it all leads to reactions in your joints that inflict damage on your cartilage and lead you on a path toward arthritis.
To protect your joints against this quiet assault and properly care for them as the years add up, it’s best to remain physically active and pay attention to any signs of pain or swelling.