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Knuckle cracking may not lead to osteoarthritis.  But other noises may reflect injury.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always heard that cracking your knuckles was bad for you.  My mother told me I would get arthritis if I didn’t stop.  But recent research published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found no connection between knuckle cracking and ostoearthritis.  Throughout normal daily activities, gas bubbles build up in joint spaces.  When these bubbles burst, it produces the popping sound of the cracking knuckles.  The gasses dissapate without damaging the cartilage in the joint space, and so do not contribute to arthritis.

Not all joint noises are harmless.  Creaking and grinding noises, often in the knee, are called “crepitus”.  These noises can be indicative of damaged or inflamed cartilage.  Crepitus can be distinguished from joint cracking in two very important ways:  crepitus is nearly always associated with pain, and unlike joint cracking, produces the sound or grinding feeling on nearly every motion.

Knee pain is your body’s way of telling you that there is a problem.  So listen to your body, but worry more about how it feels than how it sounds.  If you have any doubts about your health, do not hesitate to contact your doctor and seek treatment.

Using a cane can make life easier for people with arthritis.  However when a cane is too short it will throw the user off balance and cause them to lean to one side.  If a cane is too long it will be awkward to walk with it and the cane will be harder to lift.  Generally speaking a cane should come up to the bend in your wrist.

Balance Board

Coordination and balance are important aspects of a physical therapy treatment program for knee pain related to arthritis.

Physical therapists will often work with their patients in practicing their activities of daily living, like how to get in and out of a car, or how to pick something up from the floor.  It is believed that practicing the simple aspects of daily life will build a patient’s confidence so they can accomplish higher degrees of activity and exercise.

Simple balance board exercises can not only make activities of daily living easier, but also help improve muscle strength, physical performance, and knee function.


Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Wings

I’m overweight and my knees hurt.  I know what I have to do.  I know what I should do.  And sometimes I do.  Sometimes I eat right, and exercise, and stretch.  And sometimes I watch football, drink beer, and eat buffalo wings.  I have a weakness for wings, and my knees pay the price.

My knees aren’t that bad, and I’m not that overweight.  Yet.  But my clothes are tight, and I “feel” my knees more than I am accustomed to.  I understand that being overweight leads to knee pain.  For every extra ten pounds I carry the stress my knees feel increases by 40 pounds.  An extra 40 pounds of stress every step I take.   I am 40 years old and I know that the more stress I put on my knees now will diminish my quality of life down the road.

Im trying something new.  Snacking with a purpose.  Instead of waiting until cravings start distracting me, I eat some fruit, or vegetables or almonds around 3:00pm when I get hungry, sleepy, and crabby.  I’m sure all three are related.  But the healthy snacks help chase away all three.  Also I’m less likely to go back for seconds (and dare I admit sometimes thirds) at dinner.  I’ll let you know if the new strategy works.

I know fruit and vegetables aren’t as instantly gratifying as anything fried, but I work in the arthritis field.  I know what my future holds if I continue doing what I’m doing.

Contrary to popular belief, exercising does not wear out joints. Joints start to wear out for a variety of reasons, usually due to age, arthritis or other medical conditions, and injuries accumulated over a lifetime. Activity is rarely the culprit, as joints are designed to move. When joints aren’t moved, they begin to stiffen up.

It’s sort of a catch-22. Joint pain leads people to move less because movement can hurt, but without movement the pain can become more severe. One way to battle pain is to take joint health supplements, then, get moving! Even a walk around the neighborhood once a day can help keep your joints from stiffening up further.

Nature’s Gift

December 18, 2010

It’s easy to see why glucosamine has become one of the best-selling supplements in the United States. Providing your body with the critical means to create and maintain healthy joint cartilage, glucosamine is truly a gift for arthritis sufferers and anyone suffering from joint pain. As if our own experience wasn’t enough, even clinical trials have proven it effective in the treatment of arthritis. It provides both relief from pain and peace of mind.

Liquid glucosamine is also increasing in popularity as it can be mixed in juice or some other beverage. In liquid form your body doesn’t have to work as hard to break down a hard pill, powder or capsule. The uptake time is decreased and you can experience the benefits of glucosamine even faster than before. With these kinds of advancements it’s hard to believe more people haven’t treated their aching joints with this simple and effective home remedy.

Obesity Rates Are Rising

Obesity Rates Are Rising

It has recently been reported by the Center For Disease Control and Prevention that 50 million adults in the United States were diagnosed with osteoarthritis during 2009.  An aging population with rising obesity rates are the primary culprits.

It is estimated that 67 million people will have osteoarthritis by 2030.  Conservative estimates say that currently 52 million people suffer from OA.

The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis of the knee.  Obesity plays a roll in how the disease progresses, the need for surgery, and often times is a factor in how well a patient recovers from total knee replacement.