Osteoarthritis and You

When I was in my teens, I always seemed to have sore knees. They hurt all the time and there was very little I could do about it. I was very inactive and as I entered my early twenties, I had surgery on my right knee to remove debris from under my knee. As I rehabbed the pain started to return within a few months following the surgery. I was shocked to learn that I was experiencing early signs and symptoms of Osteoarthritis. I was basically told that at the rate I was going, if I didn’t make changes in my lifestyle, I would be looking at knee replacement by age 40 and complete disability by age 65.

This hit home but it would be a few more years before I would begin what would become my epic journey towards better health. In fact, it really wasn’t until I fully understood what osteoarthritis was that I realized how dire my situation could and was becoming. Thankfully, I’ve learned some valuable lessons and though I still experience pain, I’m continuing to work hard to ensure that it neither disables, nor defines me.

Facts about Osteroarthritis:

  • Osteoarthritis (OA) is a joint disease that causes the cartilage (smooth material that lines our joints) to break down.
  • OA most commonly affects the hips, knees, hands, feet and spine
  • Arthritis is among the leading causes of disability in Canada with OA being the most common form of arthritis.
  • OA affects men and women equally
Risk Factors:
  • Increasing age (starting around age 45, risk increases)
  • Heredity (having a family member with the condition)
  • Repeated injury or trauma to the joint
  • Being overweight (this puts added pressure and strain on weight-bearing joints such as the hips and knees)
  • Having another form of arthritis

Symptoms of osteoarthritis:

  • joint pain after rest or activity
  • joint pain brought on by a change in weather
  • transient joint stiffness after a period of rest (such as getting up in the morning or after a long time spent sitting)
  • swelling and stiffness in one or more joints
  • a crunching feeling or sound when moving joints
  • loss of joint flexibility
As there is no cure for osteoarthritis, treatment focuses on pain management, improving the strength of the supporting muscles and reducing the load on the joints affected.

Swiss Natural offers a solution to pain and stiffness associated with everyday activities in individuals suffering from osteoarthritis called Microlactin.

Microlactin has been clinically proven to provide joint pain relief in females aged 30-55 years. In clinical studies, Microlacting has provided a significant reduction in pain and stiffness in 9 out of 10 patients tested and has 60% greater effect than Glucosamine. Microlactin reports a reduction in pain and stiffness in as little as two weeks and is safe for those who are lactose intolerant as it is 97% lactose free. It works to end the cycle of inflammation and pain associated with osteoarthritis resulting in better feeling joints, increased flexibility and quicker joint recovery.

It should be noted that Microlactin is not a cure for osteoarthritis and is intended to be used in conjunction with proper diet and exercise. Please consult with a healthcare professional prior to use. This product is not intended for use in pregnant or breast feeding women without explicit consent from a healthcare professional.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Swiss Natural. Though I was also provided with a sample of Microlactin, I have not tested it as I am currently breastfeeding. Any opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.

Information regarding osteoarthritis was obtained here.

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Stephanie

Stephanie is a Canadian Mom of 3, Runner, Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Christ-follower and all around reeker of awesomeness. When she's not chasing after her kids, you can find her dreaming big dreams and bringing them to life.

12 Responses to Osteoarthritis and You

  1. I have both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. For the osteo, I use pain gels. It’s very painful, but moving around and learning what helps you is the best way to handle the pain.

  2. Great information about OA! I, too, started having symptoms while in college. Have managed to stave off any surgeries until after 55, though. (I’m hoping the hip replacement is the final one for a while.)

    Dang, that that pain/stiffness med is for those 35-55 – I could use something like that. (can’t take my daily dose of NSAIDS anymore).

  3. Thanks for sharing this info. I’ve started having stiff joints and there is arthritis in my family so I want to take steps to make sure I stay healthy.

  4. Great article thank you, yeah I suffered from a severe accident a number of years ago and after 13 surgies I can walk again. I feel it in my knees and ankles now. Again great post

  5. Great blog post! This runs all through my family….any thoughts on glucosamine/chrondroitine? That is suppose to help joints…..
    My Grandmother and Mother had it and it even changed their gait…very crippling…
    Thanks for the food for thought….

    • You’re very welcome. I hope you got some useful info from it. I’ve never used either product but I know it has been recommended by some doctors. I always suggest discussing any supplements with your doctor to ensure you’re taking what you will most benefit from.

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