Osteoarthritis is the most common and frequent type of arthritis and affects about 27 million people in the United States.
Some believe that osteoarthritis is a natural aging process and is unavoidable.
But with new scientific advancement, better treatments are available.
If you are affected by osteoarthritis take following protective steps to reduce tension, improve mobility, and protect your joints.
‘Osteoarthritis develops when cartilage, the flexible tissue lining joints, deteriorates. The space between bones gradually narrows and the bone surfaces change shape. Over time, this leads to joint damage and pain.’
If osteoarthritis affects your knees, the common manifestations are swelling, pain and joint stiffness. There is difficulty in walking, climbing getting in and out of bed and even bathing.
The presenting symptoms of osteoarthritis of hands are soreness and stiffness of fingers and the thumb base especially in the morning.
There can be difficult in pinching and finger joints usually crackle on movement.
Hips and spine:
If osteoarthritis affects hips, there is pain in the groins, inside of thigh and above knees while in the osteoarthritis of spine there is pain in arms and shoulders.