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Go Ahead! Protect Your Cartilage

By Donna Stark

One of the most obvious signs that you need new tires on your car is the wearing away of their tread. And just as the tread on your tires slowly starts to disappear, so can the cartilage in your joints. Inflammation, wear and tear, and the eventual loss of cartilage in the joints is known as osteoarthritis. It's a condition that can cause tremendous amounts of damage and pain, but unlike those old tires that you can easily replace by making a quick trip to the store, damaged cartilage is a little more difficult to fix.

Tips on How to Protect Your Cartilage

Damaged cartilage can't heal or grow back so it is extremely important to protect what you have when you have it, and your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic can help. But they can't do it alone! Take a look at the following tips on how both you and your chiropractor can work together to reduce the risk of future complications and pain.

  • Maintain a healthy weight - Carrying extra pounds on your body increases the impact load on your weight-bearing joints, so give your knees, ankles, and feet a break and try to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Wear appropriate footwear - Yes, the type of shoe you wear matters! Choose footwear that has low heels, great arch support, and rubber soles. You can use orthotic inserts to relieve extra pressure too.
  • Stay active - Pain and stiffness get worse when you aren't moving enough, so exercise every day. Thirty minutes of moderate exercise each day will help get your blood flowing and keep your cartilage well-nourished.
  • Stretch every day - Stretching may not seem like a big deal, but when it comes to joint health, it is! Stretching helps to improve both your flexibility and mobility, and like exercise, it helps to nourish the cartilage as well.
  • Stay hydrated - When your body is deprived of hydration, it will pull water from wherever it can, including your cartilage! And since the majority of your cartilage is made up of water, that can wreak havoc on your joints, so drink up and stay hydrated!
  • Seek help - Sudden joint pain that doesn't subside in a reasonable amount of time, needs to be addressed, so head on in to see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic. Whether it is something simple, like improper alignment or something a bit more complex, like the early stages of osteoporosis, your chiropractor will be able to help guide you with the appropriate treatment.

Chiropractic Treatment for Joint Health

Regular chiropractic care can help keep your body in its correct alignment and can reduce the added pressure that is placed on your weight-bearing joints. So, do your part at home and come on in to The Joint Chiropractic today for extra protection!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Dallas, Tex.

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