Joint pain is far from being a problem that only affects the elderly. In fact, it concerns people of all ages and, as we shall see, its prevalence is increasing within the population. This can be explained by a number of factors, including a sedentary lifestyle. Faced with this problem, which affects a considerable proportion of the population, there is a real need to find natural solutions to joint pain.
According to forecasts by the Arthritis Society of Canada, the number of Canadians suffering from some form of arthritis is set to rise significantly. Currently, an estimated 6 million Canadians suffer from arthritis, but this figure is expected to rise to 9 million by 2040. This potentially represents almost a quarter of the Canadian population who will be afflicted by one form of the disease, which is a frequent cause of joint pain.
The ageing of the population is one of the main factors contributing to this rise in the prevalence of joint pain, particularly for problems such as osteoarthritis. With increasing life expectancy, a growing number of people are reaching an age when joints may be more susceptible to damage that can affect their function. As a result, the proportion of the population exposed to this risk is growing.
The sedentary lifestyle that is becoming widespread in many societies also has a significant impact on the prevalence of joint pain. Lack of physical activity can lead to reduced muscle strength and a decline in overall fitness. What’s more, the adoption of non-ergonomic positions, both at home and at work, puts significant pressure on joint structures. Repetitive movements and poor body posture can lead to micro-lesions and premature joint wear.
Obesity is also a major risk factor for joint problems. Excess weight puts extra pressure on joints, particularly on the knees and hips, which can accelerate the wear and tear of joint structures, notably the cartilage that protects the ends of bones. Obesity is a risk factor for osteoarthritis, a form of arthritis caused by the degradation of cartilage. According to statistics, obesity has increased significantly in the overall population. In Quebec, the proportion of the population with obesity has risen from 16% in 2018 to 23% in 2020-2021.
More and more people are looking for natural solutions to joint pain, as its prevalence increases. Because of their possible side effects, traditional drug solutions are increasingly being rejected by the general public. As a result, people are turning to safe, healthy options when looking to manage a health problem.
We cannot talk about joint pain prevention without mentioning the importance of regular physical activity. In addition to the well-documented benefits for morale, physical activity has a direct effect on joint health. In fact, when muscle mass increases as a result of working the muscles during exercise, joint structures also benefit. For example, the tendons that bind muscles to bones must strengthen to support growing muscles. As a result, all joint structures are strengthened by a more active lifestyle. The latter also increases the quality of articular cartilage, which has a direct effect on its shock-absorbing capacities. In this sense, it could help limit the effects of osteoarthritis, a disease caused by the degradation of cartilage. And all this is without mentioning the beneficial effects associated with maintaining a healthy weight.
As we discussed earlier, adopting ergonomic postures, both at work and at home, is essential to limit pressure on joints. From a dietary point of view, certain foods have anti-inflammatory properties. Eating them can therefore help reduce inflammation within joint structures, and help control pain.
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