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[pull_quote_center]One of the most important ways to maintain your well-being is to protect and support your musculoskeletal system as it allows individuals to run, walk, play sports and move easily and freely[/pull_quote_center]

With the increase in life expectancy, quality of life measures have become a central topic of discussion. Generally speaking, quality of life is meant to be the observed quality of an individual’s daily life that includes the assessment of their overall well-being. The measurement includes aspects of the individual’s emotional, social and physical life. Emotional or social aspects can vary from person to person by a matter of their individual behavioral traits, however, the physical aspects of well-being are more standardized and ubiquitous.

If your body allows you to run, walk, jump, play sports and do the other things you like to do, it would mean that your quality of life score is high. The major problem that holds many back from scoring high on physical measures are arthropathies, meaning that there is a problem with the joints. The human musculoskeletal system is a very complex structure made up of bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints and other connective tissues. These all come together to give the body its form, support and stability and facilitate movement. And guess what, the musculoskeletal system used to be known as the activity system, so you should stay active in order to have a higher quality life.

When you want to move your arm, you first send out a signal to your muscles asking them to move, so our muscles should be in good condition. Bones should also be healthy so that they can move the activated muscles. However, all these systems activate only if the joints work flawlessly. Joints are where two or more bones join together with tendons, ligaments, muscles or a mix of the three. There are different types of joints, such as the rigid ones in the skull and movable ones like in the shoulders, hips and knees. Joints also have a special covering called cartilage where bones rub against each other. Cartilage is almost more important than the bone itself when it comes to being active because the healthier the cartilage is, the more it will allow bones to glide over each other. Aside from helping bones move freely, it protects bones from rubbing against each other and causing severe pain since they cover the ends of bones at a joint. Arthropathy is the name given to joint disorders. When joint inflammation occurs, then the disease is called arthritis – one of the leading causes of disability in people older than 50. The most common kind of arthritis is degenerative bone disease called osteoarthritis. This disease can occur after joint trauma, a joint infection or simply aging. Think of your childhood when you probably used safety gear on your joints while bicycling, skating or rollerblading to protect you from a disease you may not have even known about. When it comes to driving, your car manufacturer takes the same protection measures. But when it comes to you, is there anything you can do to maintain healthier joints? Of course, and below are some simple tactics for healthier joints.

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