Joints, which are the points in the body where two bones meet, are what facilitates movement and provides stability to the musculoskeletal system. Within the joints are areas of cartilage that support nearby bones by adding a cushioning and prevents them from grinding against one another. Joints bear a significant amount of the body’s weight and are regularly strained as an individual goes about their everyday activities. For this reason, joints are highly susceptible to gradual deterioration and injury.
The primary cause for degenerative joints is general wear and tear incurred due to the body’s natural aging process. However, certain factors can speed or exacerbate this condition. These factors include:
- Frequently lifting heavy objects or making strenuous movements, often due to manual labor and jobs requiring a lot of physical activity
- Congenital joint malformation
- Genetic predisposition and gender, as women are more likely to encounter osteoarthritis than men
- Joint injuries or unexpected traumas, such as those that may occur in a car accident or high-impact sport. Even if the wound has healed, it can increase your risk of degeneration years later
- Obesity or carrying extra weight
- Lack of exercise and regular activity
How can we help? We have specialists able to administer Platelet Rich Plasma injections (PRP injections). PRP creates, stimulates, and accelerates the body's natural healing processes. It regenerates the joint's cartilage and ligaments allowing for improved healing and function.