Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is commonly referred to as "wear and tear" arthritis. It is a prevalent chronic condition that affects the joints, resulting from the gradual breakdown of cartilage. Cartilage is a cushiony substance that provides protection and covers the ends of bones within a joint. As this breakdown occurs, the bones start rubbing against each other, leading to various symptoms such as pain, swelling, stiffness, and reduced joint movement.
Several risk factors contribute to the development of osteoarthritis, including age, obesity, genetic predisposition, previous joint injuries, and overuse of the affected joint. By understanding these factors and the intricate details of osteoarthritis, we can better comprehend the mechanisms behind this condition and explore effective treatment strategies.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?
Symptoms may vary from person to person, but typically include joint pain, stiffness, loss of flexibility, a grating sensation when the joint is used, and bone spurs.
2. Are there any treatment options available at Bell Chiropractic & Wellness for osteoarthritis?
Yes, at Bell Chiropractic & Wellness, we offer a range of non-surgical treatments such as physical therapy, pain management education, and lifestyle changes. Our team of experts will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan.
3. Can osteoarthritis be prevented?
While there is no sure-fire way to prevent osteoarthritis, maintaining a healthy weight and staying active can help reduce your risk. At Bell Chiropractic & Wellness, we can provide advice on exercise routines and diet to maintain optimal joint health.