The Doctors meet Debbie, who says she has stiff knees and tight joints. We invited Beverly Hills orthopedic surgeon Dr. Raj, a Move Free spokesperson, to give her, and millions like her, some tips.
She tells us she loves to travel with her family, but recently on a flight, she noticed discomfort and stiffness in one knee and then the other. She says the joint issues are preventing her from being active, saying she loves to walk, hike, do yoga weekly, and work in her yard.
Dr. Andrew Ordon says, "Millions of people suffer like you, and you’re right to be concerned because being active is such a large part of our overall health and overall well-being." Dr. Raj explains that often we consider joint issues a normal part of aging, but says that doesn’t mean you can’t do something about it. He explains it is important to be proactive about mobility not just for now, but also for the future.
Dr. Ordon explains why people experience joint discomfort or a loss of mobility or flexibility, saying, "Joints are where bones meet. The cartilage on the ends of bones helps you move by allowing bones to glide over one another. But as we age, cartilage begins to break down and bones can actually rub on each other and cause discomfort."
Dr. Raj notes that knee discomfort or stiffness is one of the most common complaints when it comes to our joints, which can be due to how knees absorb a huge amount of pressure with every step. That pressure, plus regular wear and tear, can cause these joint issues. "Joint discomfort or a loss in flexibility or mobility can range from mildly irritating to more impactful. It can go away in weeks or it can last for several months," he says.
Dr. Ordon suggests some things that may help:
- Work with a physical therapist to strengthen muscles around the joint and improve range of motion
- When being active, do low-impact exercises, like bicycling and swimming
Debbie tells us to address her joint issues she has used an ice pack but says the relief did not last long.
For the long-term, Dr. Raj recommends a joint supplement and notes that glucosamine chondroitin supplements typically come in large pills or capsules, and usually 2 pills need to be taken daily. He suggests Move Free Ultra, which has a new 2in1 product that comes in one small pill that Debbie can take once every day.
Dr. Raj says according to a recent clinical study this supplement can improve joint comfort in the first week compared to your average glucosamine chondroitin supplement. He adds it can continue improving comfort the longer it is used.
As always, talk to your doctor before taking any supplements.
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