What are some other factors that impact joint health?
In addition to the effects of aging, our joint health can be impacted by specific diseases in the joints, the two most common being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis involves the typical age-related joint pain and stiffness, but it also includes grating or cracking sensations, swelling, and bony growths. In rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition, the body is unable to distinguish between “self” and “non-self,” resulting in the body attacking its own joint cartilage. These attacks on the cartilage lead to inflammation, stiffness, pain, and joint damage.