Arthritis means inflammation and or swelling of the joints. There are many different types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis(OA) is the most common form of arthritis with over 32 million people afflicted in the United States. It is known for causing disability, when one can no longer perform daily tasks, thereby decreasing the quality of one’s life. OA has a chronic progressive degenerative nature, although sudden onset of pain is possible. It is more common in people with:
Osteoarthritis causes cartilage (which cushions the end of bones) to breakdown down. Without cartilage the bone, without protection can grind on another bone causing friction, further wear and tear and create further inflammation.
The main goals of treatments are to reduce symptoms and improve the quality of life, management and interventions can decrease pain and increase the range of motion of the joint. Remembering and acknowledging that PAIN IS NOT A NORMAL SIGN OF AGING and there are multiple therapies to consider prior to having surgery.
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