The Efficacy of Over-the-Counter Nutritional Supplements in Cartilage Rebuilding for Arthritis
Despite claims that some over-the-counter supplements rebuild arthritic cartilage, science often doesn’t support these as facts. To protect damaged cartilage, focus on strengthening and increasing flexibility in the affected joint-supporting muscles. This counteracts cartilage decline to some extent by improving the joint and nearby structures’ condition.
Exercise as a Vital Strategy for Osteoarthritis Management
Maintaining flexibility involves incorporating daily range-of-motion exercises into your routine and engaging in at least 30 minutes of daily activity on most days, with a couple dedicated to modified strength training. A recent study in Arthritis and Rheumatism revealed a potential link between quadriceps strength and cartilage maintenance in the knee’s lateral compartment, suggesting strong thigh muscles might deter cartilage deterioration from osteoarthritis.
Avoiding all exercise, even with severely arthritic joints, is the worst approach. Physical activity can control joint pain and swelling, strengthen muscles, and nourish joint cartilage. Moreover, exercise can reduce anxiety, improve overall well-being, and enhance sleep quality. If you have osteoarthritis, schedule a complimentary Discovery Session at (650) 947-8500. to discuss and design an exercise program aimed at increasing muscle strength, stabilizing joints, and reducing pain and stiffness.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kim Gladfelter, MPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Women's Health Physical Therapy Specialist at PhysioFit Physical Therapy & Wellness
Kim Gladfelter is a physical therapist, Pilates instructor, educator, author, and co-founder of PhysioFit Physical Therapy & Wellness. She is known as a keen, well-rounded expert of healing through movement and women’s health specialist in the Silicon Valley area.
Kim has helped men and women of all ages to stay active and feel their best. She also writes about managing pain in her health columns, blogs and the local Los Altos Town Crier newspaper as well as reaches out to the local community, support groups, schools, libraries, and sports centers to advise and educate on body awareness and therapeutic exercise.