What are joints? A joint is defined as a point in which two parts of the skeleton are fitted together. In the human body, there are said to be more than 200 joints. Some of these joints are commonly known, like your knees and your elbows, but did you know that you have 20 joints in your ear alone? Probably not. Joints are often neglected in healthcare because pain often times stems from the muscles. Here at Oahu Spine & Rehab in Kailua, not only do we offer help for muscle pain, but also specialize in joint pain and injuries. With our physical therapy team working on customized treatment plans, and the medical department specialized in joint injections for pain.
Here are some fun facts about joints in your body:
Joints aren’t always for moving. Your elbows, ankles, and knees are the most important when it comes to mobility, but not all joints are meant for walking! Did you know that you have joints in your jawbone that’s purpose are to hold your teeth into your jawbone? Along with those you have joints in your skull that serve to protect your brain!
One of the best exercise for your joints is biking or cycling! Biking is a low impact cardio exercises that serves to strengthen the muscles around the joints as well as not causing extreme stress to your joints. Running is one of the hardest exercises on your joints including your ankles and knees because of the heavy impact.
Your knees are the largest joints in your body. They are connected by your thigh bone, your shinbone, and your knee cap. All of these are held together with ligaments. Because of the knees complexity, they are prone to injury.
What’s that sound? When you hear your fingers pop, your joints may be letting out gas. This gas escapes from the liquid that assists your joints in movement. If your shoulders or knees are popping often, or they’re accompanied by pain, be sure to pay a visit to your primary care physician or call us to make an appointment.
Here at our integrated health center, we work with patients every day that suffer from joint pain and joint mobility problems. If you are suffering from pain or an injury, give us a call today to set up an appointment at 488-5555!