The best tips against cartilage wear

Did you know that movement pain occurs in two-thirds of adults, and the older we get, the more common it is? Among the musculoskeletal diseases, cartilage wear is now a popular disease, against which we can do a lot with topical creams, physiotherapy and lifestyle changes.

Dr. Judit Füri, Chief Rheumatologist, helps dispel misconceptions about musculoskeletal disorders and gives tips to anyone who wants to avoid or treat these problems!

Cartilage wear is already a common disease

Two out of three adults have already experienced some form of musculoskeletal disease: the most common is low back pain and osteoporosis, followed by cartilage wear (arthrosis), which is now a popular disease. “While inflammatory diseases are more common at a younger age, the older age group suffers from abrasive diseases. It is estimated that about 1-1.5 million people in Hungary are affected by some form of cartilage wear. The problem is a It can be detected in most people over 65 years of age by X-ray examination. People who are overweight are particularly at risk, with one in two people affected. ” – said dr. Judit Füri.

Cartilage wear and tear is affecting younger and younger people as well, it should not be thought that the pain and problems can only be caused by the transformation and wear and tear of cartilage in the sixties and seventies.

Cartilage wear affects the forties – there is help!

Prevention, what to look for?

The exact cause of cartilage wear is not yet known, it can be caused by a combination of several factors: inherited factors, increased workload (such as hard work, competitive sports, etc.) obesity, a series of injuries to the joints that may not cause a complaint. But today we know that cell biology and biochemistry also play an important role. Risk factors for diabetes, gout, and abnormal blood estrogen levels. That is why prevention is the maintenance of a healthy weight, proper nutrition, regular exercise and muscle maintenance. According to one study, losing 4-5 kg ​​of weight in 10 years halves the chances of developing joint problems. Unfortunately, the existing – e.g. knee arthrosis – it cannot be reversed with weight loss, but a reduction in load has a beneficial effect on the load-bearing joints. If there is any joint disability or pain, it is worth treating it as soon as possible!

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Treatment – focus on local pain relief

Alleviation of pain is very important in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain, including cartilage wear. Do this primarily for topical use, lasting up to several hours with creams and gels. These alleviate pain and can speed up the healing process, thereby improving the patient’s quality of life and allowing for physiotherapy and regular exercise. “The use of tablets is especially to be considered especially in old age. An average man or woman aged 65 currently takes 8 to 10 medications a day to treat a variety of health problems. This quantity shall be reduced by: elimination of possible side effects and harmful interactions or to relieve the body, and let us not forget to use safety devices that relieve the burden on our joints. “ – pointed out Dr. Judit Füri.

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