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Arthrosis is worldwide the most frequent joint ailment. During the ailment the cartilage in the joints wears. The cartilage consists of collagen and connective tissue and has a very important function in the joint. It is a protective layer to the ends of the bone joints and serves as a cushioned buffer respectively a shock absorber. During movement the joints are constantly stressed and protected by the characteristics of the cartilage. Over the course of time and when older the cartilage can be damaged by wear, or in the case of injury be completely removed. The bone ends rub on each other, more or less directly and it can come to painful damage to the joint (arthrosis).
All joints in the body can be affected by the ailment. Particularly frequently affected are those joints subjected to the most stress, the hip-joints, the knee-joints, the shoulder-joints, the wrists and the finger-joints. If the cartilage in a joint is damaged, the result is great pain and the movement of the joint is restricted, i.e. the joint becomes stiff.
The natural reaction of the person affected is to try to be very careful with the affected joint. This, however, results in the cartilage being less well circulated and not being supplied with sufficient nutrients. The result is a progressive reduction of the cartilage substance.
Unfortunately the arthrosis is not yet curable. It can, however, be prevented or halted by exercise and a healthy diet with a suitable intake of nutrients.