Just like your vagina, estrogen also keeps your JOINTS (incl. muscle, tendon, ligament, bone) strong, supple, and lubricated💦. Joint Pain is one of the most common results of low estrogen levels I see. And, while your manual therapy, exercise, and nutrition are often considered (some more than others), most women have never been told HORMONES are the messenger.
Whether it's joint Pain before your PERIOD (when estrogen crashes), after BIRTH (I remember thinking I had arthritis, I could barely walk down the stairs due to pain and stiffness in my feet and knees), or most commonly around MENOPAUSE (e.g. osteoarthritis, frozen shoulder (see my brilliant colleague @drtyna 's post on this!)) ....a crucial link is ESTROGEN.
I'll save you the nitty gritty science (GEEKs🤓PMID links below). But this scientific review sums it up well:
"Estrogen has a dramatic effect on musculoskeletal function. Beyond the known relationship between estrogen and bone, it directly affects the structure and function of other musculoskeletal tissues such as muscle, tendon, and ligament. In these other musculoskeletal tissues, estrogen improves muscle mass and strength, and increases the collagen content of connective tissues. However, unlike bone and muscle where estrogen improves function, in tendons and ligaments estrogen decreases stiffness, and this directly affects performance and injury rates." PMID 30697162
HORMONE replacement therapy (don't worry I'll get to this soon) after menopause has been shown to improve osteoarthritis, and improve joint Pain. This has helped a lot of my patients. If that's not an option, there are other naturopathic ways to support these tissues and improve pain.
It's not all about estrogen. We need other healthy lifestyle building blocks, resistane exercise, other hormones (esp testosterone🙌🙌), and balanced metabolism, to build strong joints. But ESTROGEN definitely is a queen player.
#arthritis #strong #staystrong #estrogen #msk #hormones - 9 days ago