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OSTEOARTHRITIS – the effect of wear & tear of weight bearing joints

OSTEOARTHRITIS – the effect of wear & tear of weight bearing joints



25% of all women aged between 20 and 50 years suffer from this disease. In general on men Osteoarthritis occurs at age 45 year. In 1 out of 10 cases, osteoarthritis of the knee joint has found disability in people older than 55 years. Advancing on age and obesity are major risk factors for osteoarthritis-the most common are knee pain. Given the increasing prevalence of obesity and aging, is expecting an increase in situations of prevalence of knee pain and Osteoarthritis.

Your joints hurt when you move? The joint was swollen, warm or can even be red? It is difficult or impossible to perform certain movements? Feel the uncertainty in the knees during walking?

All of these symptoms can be signs of damage to the articular cartilage.

Kartifort is one of the outstanding products in the Pharmacy Division portfolio within Sun Wave Pharma, a recommended product in reducing the suffering caused by degraded joints and for an improvement of their mobility.

Kartifort is a NATURAL solution with PROVEN performance with glucosamine sulfate 1500 mg and Chondroitin sulfate 1200mg.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin are molecules produced by our body, normally, and are found in large quantities in connective tissue.

Domestic production of Glucosamine and Chondroitinof the body decreases with increasing in age, that’s why on  people who have a reduced capacity for synthesis such as the elderly or people who have arthrosis, supplementation can represent an important source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin for cartilage.

Glucosamine is necessary for the formation and maintenance of connective tissue and also for a healthy joint cartilage. Act like sponges, ensuring protection of articular cartilage and elasticity-even after the joint has been affected.

The beneficial effect of Glucosamine sulphate was the first one that determinate rheumatologists  to recommend as therapy in the first-line in treating in knee arthritis.

Many studies show that glucosamine sulfate, administered for periods of 8-12 weeks, can relieve the joint pain in many cases it is more efficient than synthetic drugs .Supplementation with Glucosamine offers relief of joint pain and improves joint function. Other research also suggests that, at a dose on 1,500 mg SG per dose per day results are visibility after eight weeks from the beginning of the treatment.

Glucosamine has effect on reconstruction of joint cartilage, helps maintaining healthy cartilage and proved that stop the erosion of the joint, considered to be the cause of symptoms. Chondroitin helps attracting and retaining fluid in articular cartilage, synovial fluid essential for dragging the ends of joints. Chondroitin sulfate is a major component in the joints. Structure of chondroitin sulphate molecules are in close touch with glucosamine sulfate. Chondroitin sulfate was reported as a compound which reduces joint pain and also CS supplementation can help restore joint function on people with Osteoarthritis. Major clinical trials support the oral administration of chondroitin sulfate and not injectable. Clinical studies in a placebo-controlled double-blind have shown that CS sure reduces pain, increases mobility of joints, improvements in being observed very easily with the help of x-rays, that are easy and painless at the level of the lesion. Most studies have used CS 400 mg taken 2-3 times a day. A study has shown that it is more efficient to take CS 1200mg once than to take 3 times a day a dose of 400 mg. So the Administration with 2 capsules Kartifort offers daily recommended requirement and will not stop your rhythm of life. The Administration will make main meals to encourage absorption of Glucosamine its regular intake and condroitinei.

Eight tips to give patients to help them remain on treatment

1.      Think about ways to take your medication (e.g. first thing in the morning before breakfast) in order to minimise the impact on your everyday life.

2.      If you take regular pills for your osteoporosis, try to take your treatment at the same time each day, week or month.

3.      Use a diary to remind yourself to take your medication and collect your prescription, or put a reminder somewhere you will see it frequently.

4.      Make a note of the specific actions you need to remember when taking your treatment and keep this somewhere memorable.

5.      Be prepared and plan for changes in your routine that will make it more difficult for you to take your medication, such as holidays or special events.

6.      Ask your family and friends to support you to stay on treatment. Tell them about your medication and explain to them why it is important for you to continue to take it.

7.      Speak to your health professional about difficulties you are experiencing. They will be able to give you advice on managing your osteoporosis medication and may be able to suggest other treatment options.

8.      Contact your local patient society; they can offer you support and put you in touch with other people who are in a similar situation.