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Starting to feel like your 80-year-old aunt, except she can run a 5K? If you have sore joints from the effects of repeated sports injuries, you may have the beginnings of osteoarthritis. Consider taking the sports nutrition supplement glucosamine, which may help repair damaged cartilage, especially over the long term. Also effective for connective tissue rejuvenation are the sports nutrition diet supplements chondroitin sulfate, chicken collagen, and MSM.
Yes, it certainly works for me. I'm 64 years old and had difficulty bending both knees and my finger joints were hot and inflamed. I was slow getting out of a chair and had to push myself up by hand, I wouldn't consider sitting on a low seat or on a step because of the difficulty getting down and up. But having had glucosamine and chontroitin for three months now all that is changing. I have no pain now. I don't think before crouching down, just do it. And, because I'm more mobile my mental reactions are quicker too. I actually spontaneously run as well, whereas before I would avoid that or have to gear myself up to do it. I understand three months is not the complete treatment so I'm looking forward to what happens next.
I injured my right thumb joint while preparing dinner one evening. Over the next few days I lost complete mobility in that joint. It would be frozen solid when I arose each morning, and took several hours to ease it into half its normal range of motion with great discomfort. This went on for several months, with no improvement on its own. Only heat would alleviate the terrible stiffness and pain; and only temporarily. I began taking glucosamine/chondroitin along with MSM in a separate supplement, 3 X/day, ie. with each meal. In a matter of days, I began experiencing an increase in range of motion and decrease in pain. Today, even upon arising, and regardless of weather conditions or activity level, I have absolutely no symptoms of previous injury; no pain, and my thumb motion is smooth as silk. I will continue to support my joint health with this trio of supplements. I was skeptical at first, but now, I'm a believer!
I agree, Glucosamine can help in all those areas. But, if your problem is that it hurts to bend your knees/bend your elbows/sit down/put your shoulder above your head, do you ever wonder why? Whenever I feel pain in performing a movement, I am more than likely moving improperly based upon my muscular and skeletal anatomy.
Next time you are in a gym, have a Personal Trainer help you with the movements that hurt you (like bending your knees), and they may be able to show you how to alleviate those pains.
Just a thought :)