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Do joints wear out from exercise?

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Asked by: Mary Hall

A common concern of athletes—and especially of aging athletes—is that increased joint stress may lead to premature “wearing out” of the joints and osteoarthritis.

Do joints get worn out?

Just as the tread on your tires wears away over time, the cartilage that cushions your joints can break down, too. It’s a condition called osteoarthritis. And without enough padding, your bones will hurt when they rub against each other. Frayed cartilage can’t heal or grow back.

What happens to joints over time?

Over time, the joint may lose its normal shape. Also, small bone growths, called osteophytes or bone spurs, may grow on the edges of the joint. The shape of the bone may also change. Bits of bone or cartilage can also break off and float inside the joint space.

How do you know if you have weak joints?

Symptoms of joint hypermobility syndrome

  1. pain and stiffness in the joints and muscles – particularly towards the end of the day and after physical activity.
  2. clicking joints.
  3. back and neck pain.
  4. fatigue (extreme tiredness)
  5. night pains – which can disrupt your sleep.
  6. poor co-ordination.

What causes cartilage to wear away?

Inflammation, breakdown, and eventual loss of cartilage in the joints is known as osteoarthritis. Lack of movement – the joints need to move regularly to remain healthy. Long periods of inactivity or immobility increase the risk of damage to the cartilage.

At what age do joints start to hurt?

Starting around age 30, you begin to lose bone density and muscle mass, both of which can create strain and pain in your joints.

Does drinking more water help joint pain?

Drinking more water may not treat the joint pain but it can keep your joints healthy. Proper hydration can improve the production of synovial fluid, reduce the inflammation and maintain the shock absorbing properties of cartilage.

How do I make my joints stronger?

How to Strengthen Your Joints

  1. Exercise Regularly. Exercise improves bone density and keeps the muscles that surround your joints strong, says A. …
  2. Build Muscle Strength. …
  3. Strengthen Your Core. …
  4. Try Low-Impact Cardio. …
  5. Stretch After Your Workout. …
  6. Prevent Exercise-Related Injury. …
  7. Lose Extra Weight.