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Obviously, there are many different causes and types of joint pain, each one unique. The term arthritis refers to a group of diseases that affect the various joints of the body. But did you know that in addition of Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Lyme Disease, and Osteoporosis belong to over 100 different types of arthritis? The causes may be anything from age, injury, infection, or even genetics. For instance, many breeds of larger dogs are prone to getting hip dysplasia for no other reason than their breed. For example, German Shepards and Labrador Retrievers are much more prone to getting hip dysplasia than other dogs. Oh and yes, pets get arthritis too (Around 30% to be exact).

Arthritis in all of its forms is a debilitating condition. There is no cure for arthritis (yet) and only your doctor can tell if you have arthritis. But many people who have the degenerative types of arthritis, also known as osteoarthritis (OA), degenerative joint disease, hip dysplasia and the like have reported that a high quality liquid glucosamine can help their joints become healthier and move easier. Rheumatoid arthritis has more to do with the body attacking itself and less to do with cartilage, it is considered an autoimmune disease causing fatigue, occasional fever, and a general sense of not feeling well (malaise) in addition to arthritic pains.

Before we go any further, let’s get back to basics and talk about what parts of the body involve arthritis. By the end of this lesson, you’ll see why arthritis is so common and why liquid glucosamine can be so beneficial for those who desire healthy joints.

The human body is an amazingly complex structure. Our extremely strong bones are connected at joints to build a powerful yet flexible structure, the human skeleton. Protecting the joints is a critical substance known as cartilage. Cartilage is the slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones in a joint. Healthy cartilage allows bones to glide smoothly over one another. It also absorbs energy from the shocks of physical movement. Osteoarthritis causes the surface layer of cartilage to break down and wear away. When this happens, bones under the cartilage rub together, causing pain, swelling, bone fragmentation and leads to a loss of motion of the joint. Over time, the joint may lose its normal shape. Also, bone spurs–small growths called osteophytes–may grow on the edges of the joint. Eventually, bits of bone or cartilage can break off and float inside the joint space. This causes the severe pain and damage people know today as arthritis.

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