As we all know, our bones are connected through our joints such as the knees, hip, fingers and toes.
Wherever the bones connect is a cartilage, which acts as a protective layer that guarantees our joints bend and rotate seamlessly without pain. However, the cartilage cannot sustain this constant grind by itself. It needs the support of “synovium”, a fine membrane that produces fluid to lubricate and supports the movement of the joints. Over time, the cartilage wears thin along with the synovium which causes an inflammation and results in a case of “osteoarthritis” or “rheumatoid arthritis”.
In the case of osteoarthritis, the cartilage have corroded to the point that bone scrapes on bone. This outcome doesn’t necessarily result from a few years of abuse but from a lifetime of every day stress on the joints. In fact, studies suggest that people over the age of 50 have, to a certain degree, been affected by osteoarthritis on at least one joint. Furthermore, men and women are equally affected by this form of arthritis.