One of the most important things you can do if you have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis is to continue to try and strengthen and build muscles to compensate for the breakdown of cartilage that is occurring in the joints. Osteoarthritis is most commonly seen in the weight bearing joints such as the spine, hips and knees. When cartilage breaks down in these joints it can lead to stiffness and pain. However, by working to keep the muscles surrounding the joint in good condition, it can help to alleviate some of this pain.
Those who do not experience chronic headaches on a regular basis will never truly understand the pain and suffering of those who do. Unlike getting the flu or catching a cold, headaches have very few if any outwardly visible symptoms, making it difficult to convey the intensity of the pain.
When the peripheral nerves in our hands, feet, arms and legs are damaged, they can send sensations or feelings of pain and discomfort to the brain via the spinal cord. This is known as Peripheral Neuropathy and affects millions of people across the United States.
For those with OsteoArthritis, it is difficult to find the desire to want to exercise or put any extra pressure on the joints that are already causing them so much pain. Nevertheless, doctors continue to encourage their patients to exercise, pointing to the fact that exercise can help to build muscles around the joint, relieving pain and swelling. Often, doctors and physical therapists will suggest low-impact exercises, such as those that can be done in a swimming pool.
OsteoArthritis (OA) has long been known as the “wear-and-tear” arthritis that catches up with people in their old age. It is true that most people who suffer from OA are age 65 or above. OsteoArthritis is caused when the cartilage in the weight bearing joints of our bodies begins to break down and deteriorate. This puts more pressure on the bones in the joints causing pain and stiffness. Young People with OsteoArthritis are being seen more every year.
It can be difficult knowing exactly how to take the best possible care of ourselves. Unlike a car, we didn’t come with an owner’s manual with suggestions on what type of maintenance and examinations should be completed on a regular basis. Still, there are some exams that we should be participating in that can keep us going strong and healthy.
It is estimated that OsteoArthritis (OA) affects more than 27 million Americans over the age of 25. Commonly known as the “wear and tear” arthritis, OA is caused by the inevitable breakdown of cartilage found in joints throughout our body. Most often, people experience OsteoArthritis later in life once they are past the age of 65. There are some cases when the symptoms will reveal themselves earlier, such as after an injury or if someone is overweight.
Because so many people experience OsteoArthritis, there are many ideas and myths floating around out there about what it really is and how to best treat it. Here are the OsteoArthritis myths that can cause confusion or further issues:
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