Osteoarthritis: Symptoms, Risk Factors, Treatment

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Osteoarthritis: Symptoms, Risk Factors, Treatment

Bone deterioration is a common result of aging and is a critical concern for most adults.

Your skeletal system protects your vital organs from external injuries and provides your body the structure that it needs for daily movement. Bone deterioration is a common result of aging and is a critical concern for most adults since symptoms may greatly affect the quality of their lives. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease which worsens over time and can lead to permanent damage if left untreated.

What is osteoarthritis?

According to Mayo Clinic, osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common forms of arthritis usually found in adults aged 40 and above. OA is simply described as “a degenerative condition that is the result of increased wear and tear on the joints.” The Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network explains that the affected area will eventually develop inflammatory symptoms which can destroy joint cartilage over time.
Osteoarthritis may affect important joints in your body like your hips, knees, and hands.


Manifestations of OA slowly develop over the years and can also affect young people who recently suffered from physical injuries. Some common symptoms include:

  • Pain in the affected area
  • Bone growth (bone spurs) around the edges of your joints
  • Stiff sensation after a period of inactivity like sleeping
  • Limited movement range
  • Soreness
  • “Grating” feeling after movement
  • Obvious physical deformity


Who are at risk?

  • Older adults
  • Women
  • Those who are obese
  • Family medical history of OA
  • Certain jobs requiring heavy lifting and strenuous movements
  • Athletes and those engaging in intense activities



Your doctor may perform an initial physical examination to determine if you have osteoarthritis. You may need to undergo additional tests like x-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) so your doctor can see accurate photos of your bones and cartilages.  


Osteoarthritis is irreversible and its direct cause is yet to be determined. However, symptoms can be managed if detected in the early stages. Certain medications or supplements (containing hydrolyzed collagen) may be prescribed to help manage symptoms.   Your doctor may recommend physical therapy or surgery depending on the gravity of your condition. If you are diagnosed with OA, ask your friends and family for the extra support that you may need.

Preventive measures

Daily exercise is a free and effective way to help prevent weight gain. Avoid overeating and eat healthful meals rich in essential vitamins and minerals. Losing weight can relieve your joints of the daily burden of excessive force. Stretching exercises like tai chi and yoga are said to be effective against stiffness caused by osteoarthritis. If you are experiencing the early signs and symptoms of OA, ask your doctor about taking supplements like JOINT MAX for healthy joints which may provide ease from joint discomfort and make your joints smooth and mobile.

What is Joint Max?

JOINT MAX is a food supplement made with Fortigel, an innovative form of hydrolyzed collagen. As you know, collagen is the most abundant protein in the body that protects your organs, gives your skin its elasticity, and is also said to alleviate the symptoms of OA. JOINT MAX is clinically-proven to stimulate regeneration of joint cartilage thereby relieving joint pain and improving joint mobility.

Recommended dosage

JOINT MAX can be taken before meals, 1-2 sachets per day for at least 6 weeks or as directed by your physician.

Dilute one sachet in 150 ml of cold or hot water, fruit juice, coffee, tea, or any non-carbonated beverage of preference. JOINT MAX is an unflavored powder that will not alter the taste of the preferred beverage.

Always consult your doctor before drinking any kind of medication. Keep in mind that your physician is in the best position to prescribe the right kind of treatment for your condition. Immediately stop using a product if you experience negative side effects.

*Joint Max is available in leading drugstores in Visayas area, Healthfirst Clinic (Soho Central, Mandaluyong City), and call to order delivery (0906-2104420: Jenette Candia).

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