No matter how skeptical you are about modern drugs, it is necessary to recognize that without them it would be much more difficult to treat many diseases. For example, to relieve severe pain in the knees of folk remedies is almost impossible. And here come chondroprotective preparations for the joints.
When your knees crackle - this is an SOS signal
Even a completely healthy person joints love to crunch. What then can make them hurt? In fact, the reasons may be enough. But the most common of them - osteoporosis, in simple terms, the deposition of salts.
No matter what we think of ourselves, the articular cartilage does not get stronger with age. They change their elastic structure, wear out, become loose and soft. Of course, the reason is not only in the age of man, but also in ourselves. We constantly give our legs great physical exertion, we walk a lot in uncomfortable shoes, and even to admit it, we eat not quite right either. As a result of all these manipulations, the joints begin to break down.
Why are hands of computer people, mechanics, cashiers and an office manager constantly sore? The reasons are the same. However, in fairness it should be said that such a reaction can be not only from numerous movements, but also from complete inactivity.
In addition, it should be remembered that throughout childhood, adolescence and youth, we often suffered injuries: we unsuccessfully stepped and twisted our ankles, hit our knees on the table, or fell. Then the maximum that could remind of what happened is a couple of bruises. But the body after many years reminds man of his careless attitude towards him.
For the restoration of joints and cartilage there are special preparations of the chondroprotective group. These drugs are originally designed to stop the processes of tissue degradation and the progression of changes in the joint, and also have the ability to temporarily repair damaged tissues.
Features of the use of drugs
Chondroprotective preparations for joints and cartilage are actively used in the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis and osteochondrosis. Ointments, tablets and gels of this group contain natural ingredients that are actively involved in the construction of cartilage tissue. Side effects are quite small: you can only note an allergic reaction.
Having agreed to such treatment, you need to know the following features of the therapy:
- The use of such drugs can significantly reduce the dose of other painkillers.
- Treatment with local chondroprotectors should be long. Depending on the stage of the disease, one course can reach the limits in a year and a half.
- Often the same active substances are included in cosmetics that are used in diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Such products effectively relieve pain, eliminate some swelling, but you should not hope for serious improvements.
- To distinguish a really medical product from cosmetics, you need to carefully look at the package and read the instructions. Often on the box with medical cosmetics is marked "not a medicine." Also in the instructions for use you will not find a single Latin character.
Unfortunately, chondroprotectors will have to be abandoned to people with individual intolerance to the active ingredients of the drug, as well as to people who have open wounds on their skin.
Local remedies for joint protection
Pain pills, ointments and gels for pain in the joints will help only if the treatment of deforming osteoporosis and osteochondrosis takes place at stage 1-2 of the disease. It is believed that in more advanced situations, the cartilage tissue is already completely destroyed and cannot be restored with the help of ordinary medicines.
Very often, chondroprotective medication is prescribed as a prophylactic for people at risk:
- adults who have crossed the age mark of 50 years;
- overweight people;
- after serious limb injuries;
- people with diseases of the musculoskeletal system;
- workers in hazardous industries;
- with violations of the thyroid gland and the endocrine system.
Despite the fact that chondroprotectors appeared on the pharmaceutical market only 10-15 years ago, today their list is quite impressive - these are combined medicines, monotherapy drugs and products of complex composition. It makes no sense to list all their names, which is why we will focus on the most popular brands, and a practicing doctor will help you to make an accurate choice.
The exact name of the medicine
The principle of operation and features
Ointment and gel "Hondroksid"
Preparations of the combined action. Required to inhibit the progression of osteoporosis, pain relief of the joint and relieve the inflammatory process in soft tissues. Dimethyl sulfoxide, which acts as a conductor for chondroitin to cells, is included as an additional component.
Cream "Hondroksid forte"
Meloxicam and Chondroitin Sulfate
Light yellow with a greenish tinge cream, used as an anesthetic. But be careful if there were any irregularities in the kidneys and liver, as well as severe pathology of the gastrointestinal tract. Do not use the cream for children under 12 years old, pregnant and lactating.
Ointment and capsules "Kondronova"
Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate
The tool of the combined principle of action, which affects the regulatory metabolism in cartilage tissue. In addition to the standard set of contraindications, it is not recommended for people with asthma and diabetes.
Cream and gel "Collagen Ultra"
Collagen hydrolyzate and glucosamine
It improves the mobility of the joints, the elasticity of cartilage tissue, favorably affects the functional state of the entire musculoskeletal system. It can also relieve tension from the muscles after active sports or heavy physical exertion.
Cream for joints "Artrolayt"
Body Cream "Sustavit Forte"
The preparations were developed on the basis of or with the addition of natural plant extracts and extracts from animal bones. They are designed to improve the elasticity of tissues, relieve swelling and pain, as well as inflammation. In addition, with regular use, the cream can generally prevent the occurrence of weather-related pains.
Remember that when you buy this or that product yourself, you fully take responsibility for the possible consequences. It is strongly recommended that you first consult with an experienced arthrologist. Only a specialist, relying on his professional experience and knowledge, will be able to choose the really best tool.