Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of joint pain. The real driver behind cartilage loss is the health of specialised cells called chondrocytes. These amazing cells secrete and repair cartilage matrix.
Anything that affects chondrocyte cells could cause cartilage damage. Mechanical force (injury) can trigger an increase in free radicals, which can cause the death of chondrocytes. In some cases, it is as much about a failure of cell antioxidants defences.
The problem is that chondrocytes cannot replicate. Once a chondrocyte dies, the tiny patch of cartilage it maintained will eventually disintegrate. The body tries to fix the problem through the process of inflammation, which is ineffective and ends up making the problem worse.
In my experience, the inflammatory part of osteoarthritis causes more pain and discomfort than the actual cartilage loss.
Commonly prescribed cholesterol-lowering medication can either cause joint pain or worsen the pain from existing arthritis. In these cases, I add my high grade Co enzyme Q10 (CoQSol) to replace that which is lost by the medication. Call me for more details.
I have many clients that are largely symptom free despite having significant cartilage loss. I have been dealing with a couple where one has an arthritic knee, while the other has osteoarthritis in the spine and hip.
I started them on a double dose of my joint supplement. This meant that they were initially taking 1600mg of both chondroitin and glucosamine and 400mg of a potent, 95 per cent curcumin (turmeric) extract.
I put both of them on a double dose of my high chondroitin/turmeric joint product and both are much more comfortable. The sore back is much better and the hip and knee pain have significantly reduced. For more information, give me a call or email: email@example.com. You can read back issues at: www.abundant.co.nz
John Arts is a qualified nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health. Contact John on: 0800 423 559. To read more go to: www.sunlive.co.nz