Fun Facts About Your Joints
Your chiropractor knows all about your joints and the pain they can cause, but how much do you know? Well, educating yourself about your joints and their health is the first step in helping you to stay pain free (in conjunction with seeing your chiropractor, of course!). Here are a few fun facts to introduce you to world of joints!
Arthritis is a fairly common condition. In fact, it is estimated that around 350 million men, women and children worldwide suffer from arthritis with nearly 40 million cases in the USA alone. Arthritis can be the result of an autoimmune disorder, such as rheumatoid arthritis, or it can be a side effect of the aging process as joints get worn down. It is marked by inflammation and pain.
Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis are two conditions triggered by the immune system that results in the body effectively attacking its own tissues. This causes an inflammatory response and leads to actual damage to the joint.
“Pop” Goes Your Joint
Have you ever wondered what that cracking sound is that happens when your chiropractor adjusts you? The pop occurs because the joint capsule is stretched. When it’s stretched the built up gases in the fluid surrounding the joint get released rapidly and that’s what creates the telltale pop! If you regularly crack your knuckles (but not your back, that’s for your chiropractor only!) you have to wait for the gases to build back up before the joint will crack again.
Joints contain sensory nerves called “baro-receptors”. These receptors react to atmospheric changes in the barometric pressure. So, when a thunderstorm is approaching and the barometric pressure drops, some people with joint pain can actually tell a storm in on the horizon!
It’s not an old wives tale that babies don’t have kneecaps. When babies are born they are born with a cartilage plate that turns to bone and into a kneecap somewhere between the ages of 3 and 5.
If you’ve ever hit your funny bone you know it can really smart! But what you’re feeling isn’t actually a bone at all, but the ulnar nerve that sits on top of the elbow. When this gets hit it cause pain, numbness or tingling down the forearm and into the fingers – but you knew that already!
If you have any other questions about the amazing world of joints, ask your chiropractor!