Our joints are highly exposed to various injuries and the risk group is not limited to people who practice sports intensively. Your joint condition is also greatly affected by substances present in your body.
One of these substances is collagen, whose amount decreases with advancing age and this in turn enhances the risk of injuries. This process may be counteracted by appropriate diet that may be supplemented with products that replace the deficits and help your body produce collagen and thus facilitate regeneration.
Another substance that is very important for the health of your joints is hyaluronic acid. It is a natural compound present in your body that is used at every movement, that is responsible for smooth joint movements and for regeneration of articular cartilage. Similarly as for collagen, the amount of hyaluronic acid in your body decreases with your age, and this may result e.g. in arthritis (inflammatory joint conditions).
In patients affected by arthritis hyaluronic acid injections are commonly used. If there are indications, patients are offered hyaluronic acid administration directly to the affected joint as such treatment is effective and the desired result is obtained earlier than with other routes of product administration.
People affected by joint inflammatory or degenerative processes may experience temporary relief after a periarticular block performed by an orthopaedist.
This procedure involves injection of a special painkilling and anti-inflammatory agent into periarticular structures, i.e. ligaments, tendons, muscles or the articular capsule. This procedure alleviates pain and reduces or eliminates inflammation.
One of the most novel methods of injury treatment in orthopaedics is growth factor therapy using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for stimulation of repair processes in the body and reconstruction of the injured tissues.