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Health BEat joint health

Good Joint Health by Gary Craig, MD

Rheumatoid arthritis

is a debilitating, lifelong disease that can lead to severe joint deformity and disability that can interfere with a patient’s ability to perform daily living activities, and can ultimately lead to the permanent loss of gainful employment and social functioning. Utilizing new technology such as the JointMan® Platform to track their disease activity, rheumatologists are empowered to work more closely with their patients and to improve overall health outcomes. There are two classes of joint disease that can dramatically impact one’s daily living activities: degenerative and inflammatory joint disease. You are born with only one set of joints, and you cannot regenerate them (though a few can be replaced—knees, hips, shoulders, etc.). All joint damage is permanent. Often, damaging a joint leads to subsequent premature wear and tear, just as driving on a damaged car tire would decrease the lifespan of that tire. The most easily and frequently damaged joints are the knees. The best way to protect them is to keep your weight down and keep your leg muscles in good shape through weight-bearing or strengthening exercises. Some types of sports such as jumping sports, contact team sports and skiing are more likely to lead to knee injuries, so special care should be taken if you’re involved in these types of activities.

Po i n t o f O r i g i n Dr. C ole e n Smith, DAOM

Dr. Coleen Smith is dedicated to providing quality, natural healthcare. She focuses on women’s health, hormone regulation, pain, anxiety issues, and fertility challenges. Sp ecializing in: • Acupuncture • Cancer Care • Fertility • Herbs • Women's Health • Moxibustion

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