The Doctors meet Kristopher, who says he is all too aware of how stiffness and discomfort can hinder people from doing the things you enjoy and may even interfere with your job.
He tells us working on concrete floors for years has caused wear and tear on his knees. The musical theater teacher says he is experiencing limited mobility, feels he's been slowing down lately and has even noticed joint discomfort in his fingers. "I've tried herbs, glucosamine supplements, and I even tried cutting bread out of my diet. Is there something else that I can try?" he asks.
We invited Beverly Hills orthopedic surgeon Dr. Bal Raj, a Move Free spokesperson, to talk more about joint issues and suggest some potential solutions to help people like Kristopher feel more like themselves again.
Dr. Andrew Ordon explains that a joint is where two or more bones join together. Movable joints allow us to be flexible and there are four types. They are ball and socket joints (like the shoulder and hip), hinge joints (like those found in fingers, knees, elbows, and toes), pivot joints (found in the neck), and wrist joints.
"Joints have cartilage in-between them and joint discomfort or decreased mobility is very common. As we get older... cartilage starts to break down and bones start rubbing against bones," Dr. Raj explains.
Dr. Ordon adds, "Joint issues are not the same for everyone. They can be mild or can be more impactful, making even limited movement - particularly bearing weight - really difficult."
Dr. Raj and Dr. Ordon explain ways to be proactive about this so that it does not stop you from doing everyday activities. Dr. Ordon says to remember the acronym, "S.T.E.P."
- S - Stretch to relieve stiffness
- T - Take a warm shower or bath to relax muscles
- E - Exercise with low impact activity
- P - Protect the joint with a brace
For the long-term, Dr. Raj recommends considering a joint supplement and notes that not all supplements are made the same. He suggests Move Free Ultra, which he explains has a Triple Action product containing Type II Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, and Boron, which he says promotes cartilage, joint, and bone health.
Dr. Raj says that a recent clinical study of the ingredients in this supplement suggested that it may provide better comfort, flexibility, and mobility compared to your average glucosamine chondroitin supplement. He also notes that with Move Free Ultra, you take one small pill each day rather than 2 larger ones.
As always, talk to your doctor before taking any supplements.