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A Joint Partnership: The Basics of Joint health

Posted on: October 22nd, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Almost 50 percent of the American adult population is affected by musculoskeletal (bone and joint) conditions.  Joint health is just as important as bone health; they allow us to move instead of being stiff and uncomfortable. LA Medical wants you to know how you and your joints work together, and where your most common joinJoint Healthts are located.

Joint health helps our bodies to move, open doors, bend down, stretch and look around. Your joints are held together by connective tissues like ligaments and cartilage.  There are three types of joints that connect bones together:

  • Fibrous joints connect bones without allowing movement.  Fibrous joints hold the bones of our skull and pelvis.
  • Cartilaginous joints connect bones by cartilage and only allow for a little movement, like your spine or ribs.
  • Synovial joints allow for more movement than cartilage joints.  A bursa sac contains synovial fluid to lubricate and protect the bones and joints that move the most, like your knees, elbows and wrists. If you crack your knuckles, the snap is the bursa sac releasing the fluid.

There are actually different types of joints that help our bodies move, exercise or even just sit around:

  • Hinge joints allow extension and retraction of an appendage, like your knee.
  • Saddle joints allow movement back and forth and up and down, but doesn’t allow for rotation, like your knuckles in your hands.
  • Ball and socket joints work the best in your hips or shoulders and allows for radial movement.
  • Ellipsoid joints are similar to ball and sockets, but allow for less movement, like your wrist.
  • Pivot joints allow rotation around an axis, like your neck.
  • Gliding joints let bones slide by each other, like your ankles and feet.

LA Medical hopes you keep your joints moving and healthy by eating healthy, exercising regularly and avoiding overworking yourself.  Asking for help may reduce your risk of an injury or getting arthritis later down the road. If you want to keep your joints moving, consider looking at LA Medical heating pads and orthopedic braces.

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