What Is Arthritis (osteoarthritis)?
For the purpose of this article we are going to cover - osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a progressive form of joint arthritis which is characterized by the degradation and breakdown of the cartilage with in joints. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease and which happens as a result of wear and tear, however the mechanisms to why this happens it’s far more complicated than just wear. Osteoarthritis is common in knee and hips commonly affecting people over 60 years of age, but it can affect younger people too particularly where they have had joint injury or joint surgery. Joint osteoarthritis can vary in severity from mild to severe. For success in the treatment of osteoarthritis, it is important to act sooner rather than later, particularly if you want to avoid surgery.
Symptoms of osteoarthriris
Common symptoms include:
Pain on activity
Stiffness following Inactivity
Causes of Osteoarthritis?
Activities that can put the joint under constant stress or injure the joints can increase the risk of future osteoarthritis. Over-use of joints and heavy impact over time can often make osteoarthritis worse. Lifestyle modifications may be necessary to help with osteoarthritis symptoms.
Occupation - hazardous jobs can increase the risk for osteoarthritis. If your job requires increase kneeling or squatting for more than your likelihood of developing osteoarthritis increases.
Sports - Some sports are more likely to lead to osteoarthritis. Football, gymnastics, skiing are known to be osteoarthritis risks.
Unlike rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis does not affect internal organs. However, osteoarthritis can cause significant deformity and loss of functional mobility.
Bowing of the knees can result from severe loss of cartilage in the knee from osteoarthritis.
Spinal Bone Spurs
Bony spurs in the spine can irritate nearby nerves, causing numbness, tingling, and pain in areas supplied by the nerves affected.
Exercise & Physical Therapy Treatment
There is no specific treatment that can stop the progressive degenerative changes with osteoarthritis. However, joint function can be improved by many therapies, including manual therapy and physical rehabilitations therapy that is designed to promote flexibility and mobility, along with and strengthening muscles.
Low-impact exercise activities can improve mobility and strength along with reducing managing pain.
Low-Impact Exercises for Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis and Hyaluronic Acid Injection Treatment
Hyaluronic acid is a treat and often used for mild to moderate osteoarthritis. It is a non-drug based treatment which is used to protect and nourish cartilage, ultimately to slow the progression of degenerative changes and to reduce pain. Further information can be found here: hyaluronic acid injection treatment for osteoarthritis - HERE
Here at Dynamic Regenerative Medicine we are working in collaboration with Dynamic Osteopaths and have clinics operating out of Solihull, Bromsgrove and Birmingham offering hyaluronic acid injections for the treatment of osteoarthritis along with platelet rich plasma (PRP).
Get in touch to find out more.