For those old enough to remember, ‘Snap, Crackle and Pop’ were the cartoon mascots of the breakfast cereal ‘Rice Bubbles’. Today, their names are more likely to describe the sound of your joints.
“Arthritis is often referred to as a single disease,” explained Doctor Kin Lee. “But in reality, it’s the term used for more than 100 medical conditions that can affect the joints.”
Over 3.85 million Australians are affected by ‘arthritis’ at a cost of $23.9 billion each year in medical costs. The most common forms are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout.
“A lot of people think arthritis is a consequence of age, the pain of growing old,” said Doctor Lee.
The fact is, 2.4 million of all people suffering from the disease are of working age. While there is no cure, early intervention can significantly reduce the onset of the disease.
Doctor Lee explained that while there is no magic potion to cure arthritis, studies have shown that certain foods have anti-inflammatory properties that can benefit many forms of arthritis.
A Mediterranean-style diet along with a tailored exercise program, muscle strengthening, weight loss and supportive footwear can work wonders when it comes to reducing joint pain, stiffness and inflammation.
“If anyone is concerned arthritis might be affecting their joints, act now,” advised Doctor Lee. “Consult your GP and work out a health management plan before arthritis impacts on your lifestyle.”
Snap, crackle and pop or grind, crunch and click. These sounds are not a part of growing old. They are all signs your joints need help now.