According to the Arthritis Foundation, as many as 91 million adults and 300,000 children in the United States may suffer from arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that inflames and breaks down joint cartilage, and about 27 million people currently live with it. The back, knees, hands, and hips are the most likely places to receive a diagnosis. Here is more on osteoarthritis causes, symptoms, and treatment as well as how Maryland Pain and Wellness will help with it.
For many years, medical professionals believed osteoarthritis was caused by joint wear-and-tear, whereas today it is considered a degenerative disease caused by several contributing factors.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that progresses in stages. While there is no cure, prevention and treatment allow people with OA to control its advancement and the symptoms long-term. As symptoms progress, it will affect one’s quality of life and long-term disability, which is why early intervention is vital to health longevity. Symptoms include the following:
Stages And Osteoarthritis Treatment
There are three primary stages of osteoarthritis. Some are so minor you most likely will not even notice them until other more noticeable symptoms present themselves as the disease progresses.
In the beginning OA stage, the cartilage begins to thin between the bone and joints. There will be an awareness of mild pain or stiffness present, but it usually works itself out after a half hour. OA prevention, like weight loss, treatment, or exercise, will reduce stressors.
As OA progresses, the pain will become more constant and in higher consistency because of bone spurs. As mobility becomes limited, the muscle mass also weakens considerably. Treatment includes medicine like NSAIDs to reduce inflammation and swelling of joints. An exercise routine, physical therapy, or aquatic therapy will also be practical activities.
In the late OA stage, the structural integrity of the joints become affected because the fluids that lubricate them are no longer healthy and have become inflamed. The joints then swell and stiffen, which will lead to higher degrees of pain that will require stronger forms of medication. Other types of OA treatment include arthrodesis, osteotomy, and arthroplasty that improves quality of life, joint functioning, and pain relief significantly.
Maryland Pain and Wellness has leading MA specialists and technology to identify and treat the cause of your osteoarthritis. We also take a multidisciplinary approach to your overall treatment.