More and more young Canadians are experiencing osteo-arthritic symptoms, according to recent studies.


While exercise is a good way to prevent osteoarthritis (OA), it appears that young people who play too hard, or exercise without protecting their joints, can end up with joint pain that used to be more common among their parents or grandparents.


A 2009 study found that people engaged in high levels of physical activity sustained more severe knee injuries, including such damage as fluid buildup and torn cartilage and ligaments. Tennis, skiing and skateboarding can be hard on the knees. Hockey can lead to hip, knee and wrist damage. These types of injury can dramatically increase likelihood of developing osteoarthritis (OA).


Another factor behind OA in young people is obesity. Excess weight puts strain on joints and increases one's risk of injury from even simple day-to-day activities.

Glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin sulfate and MSM are among the most popular natural supplements used for joint care and repair, according to Dr. Joyce Johnson, consumer education specialist at WN Pharmaceuticals.