Yes, Dehydration can cause Joint Pain and lead to Orthopaedic injuries.
Dehydration happens to be the root cause of so many health issues. Headache, Dizziness Constipation, Blood pressure problems, endocrine issues; the list is bigger than you could think of. But you will be really surprised to know that Dehydration also is one of the potential causes of joint pain, stiffness, muscle cramps and contributes to a host of Orthopaedic Injuries too.
What is Dehydration?
Dehydration is the condition that occurs when your body doesn’t have as much water as it needs to carry out normal functions. This happens when you lose more fluids from your body than the fluids you take-in. Depending on the amount of water you lost from your body the Dehydration can be termed as Light, Moderate or Severe Dehydration. Though it is a common condition, Dehydration is deemed dangerous in case of older adults and children and should be treated as soon as possible.
How Dehydration causes Joint Pain and Orthopaedic Injuries?
Joint pain occurs due to wear of cushion like cartilage that is present near the joints. Glycosaminoglycan (GAGs) are the carbohydrate and protein complexes that are main ingredients of the thick gel-like liquid surround the cartilage. It is more like a nutrient sponge filled with water that cushions, lubricates and provides nutrition to the cartilage. Thus water plays a major role in hydration of the joints, they also flush away the toxins from the joints.
As we age this support structure begins to break down slowly dehydrating the joints and paving the way for the joints to pain. In cases of dehydration due to lifestyle choices or medical conditions, the body when it is devoid of sufficient water begins to steal the water from Joints and even from connective tissues like ligaments, collagen fibres and tendons causing inflammation and joint pain.
Losing a lot of water due to exercise may result in muscle cramps that can cause poor form and endurance, the major causes of strains, fractures, and tears. Thus, Dehydration makes our body vulnerable to Orthopaedic injuries too.
So, how to get rid of Joint pain due to Dehydration?
Stay hydrated; it is as simple as that. If you are really want to make a good progress with joint pains make an effort to stay hydrated:
- Drink a half gallon of water gallon of water at the least.
- Cut back on the drinks like alcohol, coffee, tea that dehydrates your body. (Drink green Tea)
- Consume foods rich in complex carbohydrates and fibre (Oats, Beans, Whole grains, sprouts)
- Adding bone broth to your diet gives you a head start in your mission to relieve your joint pains.
Dehydration though a common problem may very well become a serious issue in case you don’t take special precautions, especially in summers.
So, stay hydrated and your joints will thank you!
If you are still unable to alleviate your joint pains, it might be wise to seek help from a joints specialist as soon as possible. In case you need help, Dr. Chirag Patel and his team of doctors are ready to help you!
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