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If you suffer from joint pain, you're not alone. Physician-diagnosed arthritis sufferers exceed 43 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Joint pain can be a mild annoyance or an incapacitating obstacle that affects young and old, men and women, and people from all racial and ethnic groups. The good news is this: help is available if you suffer from joint pain.
Causes of joint pain
Joint pain can be attributed to many causes, including:
Here's what happens, and why joints hurt.
Between the bones in every joint is a layer of tissue called cartilage, which serves as a protective cushion and allows smooth movement with minimal friction. When cartilage is damaged or wears away, the bones rub against each other, causing discomfort, swelling, and stiffness.
Preventing joint pain
Unfortunately joint pain cannot always be prevented. Injuries happen, and degenerative joint disease often involves hereditary and other factors out of your control. Staying active, in shape, and at your recommended weight helps, as do a balanced diet and avoiding high-impact activities that put unnecessary strain on joints.
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