Limited Joint Mobility and its symptoms.
Arthritis effects millions of people in the United States alone. It is one of the most common forms of joint disease.  Arthritis is defined as inflammation of a joint.  There are three main types of arthritis. The form that you might hear  about the most is osteoarthritis which is known as the degenerative joint disease. It can affect any joint and can also result in a specific joint or joints of repetitive injury. These injuries can cause pain and restrict ROM of the joint.   This form of arthritis can affect any age but, you will mainly see it in middle-aged or older adults.
 
Rheumatoid arthritis deals with the synovial membranes ( they produce fluid to allow the joint to move freely)  around the joint thicken, causing swelling & pain. This is very common in women who are in their 30's & 40's & can affect some deformity in the fingers.  Anti-inflammatory medication prescribed by your doctor can help with swelling and decrease pain.
 
One form of arthritis that does not sound to pleasant by the name but, it is out there, is Gout.  This form mainly affects the lower leg and or localizes in the big toe.  Deposits (waste products from the body - not nice to think about) are deposited into the affected joints.  You often see this condition in males and it is very much affected by a diet that is loaded with red meats, fat, alcohol & or a specific injury to the toe. Gout can pop up out of no where and your walk could be affected along with redness in the big toe and uncomfortable pain.
 
If you are one of the lucky ones who already has healthy and mobile joints, taking a daily supplement  is always a good idea to maintain your body. Glucosamine Chondroitin,  BCAA, and a protein powder such as Isopure or Whey are good options which can all be easily found at your local vitamin store.    
 
 

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