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Shocking Discovery for Joint Relief

Cambridge, MA) - Millions of Americans suffer with joint health issues. Every movement your body makes puts pressure on your joints. Over time this wear and tear can lead to discomfort, inflammation, and sometimes more serious issues. Your joints age over time and like the rest of your body, they require comfort and support.
For many years, few options have been available for those with joint discomfort. Those with low to moderate joint discomfort have had access to low-end supplements such as Glucosamine and Chondroitin for quite some time, but these fail to provide the relief and support that many desire.
However, a breakthrough discovery is changing everything. Researchers in Cambridge, MA have discovered a new compound of all-natural ingredients that promises to relieve joint discomfort, improve mobility, and in some cases protect the actual joints themselves. The new proprietary formula, branded under the trademark Instaflex Joint Support includes ingredients with clinical trials nothing short of amazing.
  • Relieve and comfort your joints
  • Reduce inflammation and stiffness
  • Lubricate for healthy fluid movement
  • Protect and enhance your mobility
  • Official Sponsor of Arthritis Foundation
We were cautiously optimistic with Instaflex. There are many joint supplements on the market, but it's rare that a product becomes so popular and widely talked about, so soon after introduction; Instaflex first became available in the US this past fall and has rapidly become the top premium joint product on the market.
Most joint supplements offer a mix of Glucosamine and MSM, powerful joint relievers in their own right, but not effective for everyone. Instaflex Joint Support combines those proven joint relievers with several new fast-acting compounds including Hyaluronic Acid, Turmeric Root Extract, and Boswellia Serrata Extract, to help relieve joints, increase mobility, and protect joints for many more individuals.
GNC stores have locked down the nationwide exclusive to Instaflex Joint Support, but samples are available online to try. The samples arrive just a few days after ordering and unlike most joint relievers, the results are almost immediate. Instaflex not only relieved joints, but resulted in fewer painful flare-ups by week's end for some. By the second week of the trial, results can be even more impressive with increased flexibility, mobility, and even those with severe joint discomfort feeling impressive relief.
While most supplements can't relieve and comfort for all conditions, Instaflex's interesting combination of proven joint relievers and new compounds designed by Cambridge researchers works great.
Instaflex is an impressive product and a great choice for anyone looking to relieve their joints and support long lasting joint health.
Try Instaflex here. 

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Be Aware of Arthritis

What is it?

Arthritis, meaning inflammation of a joint, can occur at any joint in the human body. Degenerative arthritis means inflammation of a joint due to wear and tear. This condition is called osteoarthritis. Doctors may also use the term “arthrosis” to describe the condition of a worn-out joint. There are many causes for arthritis, and the term is used to describe inflammatory conditions, such as gout, infection, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Who gets it?

In recent years, there has been increasing evidence that osteoarthritis is genetic and has a tendency to occur in families. Research suggests that osteoarthritis that occurs without any injury may be related to the chemical make-up of the cartilage in the joint.

What are the symptoms?

When the joint sustains an injury, the cartilage holding the joint together becomes damaged. The patient does not typically know that damage has been done, and they may not be experiencing significant pain. When asked if the pain limits their activities, the first answer may be “no”. However, in careful questioning, one would ask a patient “what activities are they doing now that they were doing five years ago that they cannot do now because of discomfort in their ankle”. The patient may be surprised by their response.
Because cartilage does not heal or grow back, this causes a defect in the joint. Over time, these defects fill with scar tissue, causing more pain and instability to the joint. The joint ultimately reaches a point when it is no longer able to properly function without significant pain because of the continual damage, resulting in increased inflammation and severe pain.

Diagnosis

Your orthopaedic physician will obtain a family history, considering all factors important in determining the type of arthritis you may have. He will also conduct a thorough physical examination of the joint to evaluate and determine the type and extent of damage to the joint. In this physical examination, the physician will measure the range of motion at the joint, and may draw fluid from the joint to determine if an infection is present. X-rays will then be taken to assess the amount of damage to the joint and determine the proper diagnosis.

Non-Operative Treatment

Arthritis in its mildest form may not need any treatment whatsoever except simple activity modification – avoiding impact activities such as jumping – and recommending activities that are more controlled with less impact such as swimming, cycling, and walking on cushioned surfaces. When arthritis becomes more severe, then the next appropriate step may be medication such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), or other types of medications which are usually prescribed by a rheumatologist. There are many types of mediations that can be utilized as the first line of defense for arthritis prior to considering any surgical procedure.
For patients with stiff and painful joints, bracing is another form of treatment. The bracing may be simple, such as a brace that one would typically use for an ankle sprain. 

Operative Treatment

When all these above measures fail and the patient still has significant arthritis limiting lifestyle, then there are three different types of surgical options that can be undertaken to help the patient improve their quality of life. If the joint destruction is on one side of the joint (asymmetric), then the physician can consider an osteotomy (or cutting the bone to change the weight-bearing surface of the joint and help distribute the weight more evenly). This is usually not successfully performed in the ankle, however, it is sometimes considered.
If you suspect that you may have arthritis, then you should see your family physician or internist, as most problems can be treated effectively with anti-inflammatory medications and/or bracing. However, if it is severe enough for surgical intervention, then you should consider being referred to a surgeon.

This information has been designed as a comprehensive and quick reference guide written by our health care reviewers.  The health information written by our authors is intended to be a supplement to the care provided by your physician.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.