A joint is the point of contact of two or more bones, between a bone and a cartilage or between a bone and the teeth. There are several types of joints: fibrous, cartilaginous, and synovial.
The synovial joints are the most numerous and their function is to allow mechanical movements of the body in a flexible way, providing stability. They are covered by cartilage and, in turn, contain a substance called synovial fluid that prevents friction of the joint, preventing injury to the bone caused by movement and provides nutrition to the cartilage. These constant pressures to which these joints are subjected, can cause damage causing pain and inflammation.
What is joint pain?
Joint pain, or arthralgia, as it is called in medicine, is characterized by stiffness that may or may not be accompanied by inflammation. It can affect various parts of the body such as the elbows, shoulders, wrists, hips, knees, fingers and toes.
Why does joint pain appear?
They usually occur due to chronic diseases or degenerative processes such as osteoarthritis, which consists of a progressive wear of the cartilage of the joints causing pain and stiffness that are triggered with the movement of the joint. On the other hand, rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease that generally affects multiple joints in a symmetrical way, causing inflammation in the lining of the joint, causing pain, difficulty in movements, stiffness, deformation and weakening of these. Other diseases that cause joint pain include osteoporosis and systemic lupus erythematosus.
How to reduce joint pain?
The choice of those products that help us to improve joint pain should be focused on:
- Slow down the degeneration of the cartilage that lines the joints
- Reduce pain and inflammation in the joints
There are different alternatives we can find, among them is collagen, a protein that is produced naturally by the body and that is essential for the proper functioning of the joints, but with time its production begins to decrease progressively. This is why it is necessary to supplement its production to help improve worn joints by increasing strength and elasticity of cartilage.
However, reducing pain and inflammation is essential to improve the quality of life in people with joint pains. Harpagophytum or Devil's Claw as it is commonly known, due to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory medicinal properties, is an ally in the reduction of arthritis and rheumatoid osteoarthritis symptoms, since it reduces pain and helps restore movement by reducing inflammation.
Diana Londoño – Pharmaceutical Chemist