All About Joints: How to Prevent and Recover from Common by Irwin M. Siegel MD

By Irwin M. Siegel MD

From the acclaimed writer of All approximately Bone and All approximately Muscle, All approximately Joints tells you every thing you'll want to find out about your joints, how they paintings, how they are often injured, health problems to which they're companies, and the way to maintain them fit. The e-book is written for the clever reader who desires to higher comprehend basic functioning of the musculoskeletal approach and the wounds and illnesses to which it truly is topic. It covers functional issues resembling right workout and activities, the prevention and therapy of damage, arthritis and different diseases that have an effect on our joints, and lots more and plenty extra. Tables of tutorial fabrics, illustrations, and diverse diagrams support readers comprehend the textual content. an inventory of books for advised additional interpreting and a convenient word list are incorporated.

All approximately Joints: how one can hinder and get over universal Injuries will educate readers how one can continue their joints fit and powerful. among its covers, readers will locate every little thing they should understand as a way to to appreciate their joints, how they paintings, and the way to maintain them in best shape.

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It is a major reason for lost time at work and causes significant disability, resulting in the hospitalization of more than 50,000 people each year. Although arthritis is mainly a disease of adults, there are childhood forms; arthritis affects 250,000 young people under 16 years of age in the United States alone. INFLAMMATION Inflammation is one of the body’s normal reactions to disease or injury and represents the body’s natural defenses at work. In a diseased or injured joint, inflammation results in stiffness, pain, and swelling.

It is caused by the breakdown of the articular cartilage inside a joint. The cartilage loses its ability to act as a “shock absorber,” and little “spurs” form at the margins of the joint. Although osteoarthritis occurs as a natural consequence of aging, it may begin earlier as a result of joint overuse 14 ARTHRITIS or an injury such as a fracture or repeated sprain. Certain diseases such as hypothyroidism or diabetes predispose one to osteoarthritis. Congenital and hereditary diseases, such as congenital dislocation of the hip, can also bring about secondary osteoarthritis.

This chapter offers a general survey of arthritis and tells you how it is treated. The management of arthritic problems concerned with each specific joint has been covered in detail in the chapter on that joint. CARTILAGE Our joints permit movement, but in doing so they are often subjected to considerable stress and strain. —gristle). Cartilage is composed mainly of a protein called collagen, which is embedded in a firm gel, and is thus more flexible than bone and uniquely structured to withstand tremendous abuse.

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