We often dont fully realize the amount of work our joints do and the amount of flexibility and function they provide until they start to ache. Two of the major causes of joint pain are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis.
It is also known as degenerative joint disease. It is more common in people as they age. Some studies have shown that up to 80% of people over the age of 50 have osteoarthritis.
The weight-bearing joints of the hands and feet are the ones most often affected. Within the joint, cartilage may be extensively destroyed, followed by cartilage hardening and the formation of large bone spurs. As the gel-like cartilage is lost, so, too, is the protection for the joints reduced. The person may then experience pain, inflammation, deformity, and diminished