Cartilage (known as articular cartilage or hyaline cartilage) is a highly advanced and crucial connective tissue found at all joint areas (where two or more bones meet). Its main function is to provide a smooth, lubricated surface for the joints to glide over easily, without getting stuck or jammed. Sometimes though, this smooth surface becomes damaged or degenerated and this is where problems can start to occur.
When the body senses an issue with a particular biological area, it can go into over-drive and what it thinks is helping you actually becomes destructive. When we do activity (literally any form of activity) our body will get rid of old bone cells and also develop new ones to replace them.
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This system can sometimes break down though with the replacement of these bone cells slowing down, especially as we get older. This is when we can start to experience pain. On the other hand, sometimes our body can actually create TOO MANY bone cells at a joint and will begin to lay down excessive bone cells and this is when we get what are called ‘bony spurs’. This can then affect the smoothness of the joint glide.
What is critical to understand here is that there are conservative solutions to these issues which will reduce your pain and get you back to a physically active lifestyle again. So many people we have treated have come to Bodylogics after having unsuccessful surgery for this condition and we often spend a lot of time explaining and offering advice and education to these patients on what is now happening with their bodies and how they can best manage it.
Why not contact one of our Health professionals now and see if we can help with your pain.