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OSTEOARTHRITIS

Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis. It is a degenerative joint disease where the cartilage (protecting tissue) wears down over time. It can affect your hands, spine, knee and hips. It causes stiffness and joint pains that affects many people in our community.

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SYMPTOMS OF OSTEOARTHRITIS

The symptoms of osteoarthritis may begin as a mild. It tends to have an increasing effect overtime. Symptoms include the following:

  • Joint pains in these locations; hands, hip, knee, neck and lower back.
  • Stiffness and cracking.
  • swellings and tenderness.
  • Difficulty in walking and climbing stairs.

CAUSES OF OSTEOARTHRITIS

These are the factors that cause osteoarthritis:

  • Age: it is mostly common in elderly people of the population. The frequency increases with your age.
  • Family: Genetics has shown that it is hereditary.
  • Gender: The risk is equal between the gender. After the age of 50, it’s more likely in women than men.
  • Injuries from accidents can be a major cause.
  • The nature of your work.
  • Obesity

TEMPORARY PAIN RELIEF FOR OSTEOARTHRITIS

The following practices will help in the pain relief for osteoarthritis:

  • Hot water bottle or a warm compress on the affected area.
  • Ice pack compression on the affected area. It will ease the pain and also reduce the inflammation.
  • Epsom salt bath. It helps to reduce the pains and inflammation. It can be used as frequent as you desire. Two cups in a hot bath.

The use of some support devices, physical therapy and over the counter drugs such as; acetaminophen.

LONG TERM PROBLEMS DUE TO IGNORING OSTEOARTHRITIS

Ignoring your osteoarthritis for a long time can lead to complications such as: deformities, unstable joints, excruciating pain and on rare cases causes disability.

TREATMENT FOR OSTEOARTHRITIS

The proper treatment of osteoarthritis follows these stages carefully:

  • Diagnosis

In this stage, the osteoarthritis doctor will have a close look at the affected area checking for certain signs such as; tenderness, flexibility, swelling and redness. An image test will be carried out such as; x-rays and MRI(magnetic resonance imaging) which will show the bone spurs and all the soft tissues, cartilage respectively.

  • Treatment

The truth is osteoarthritis cannot be cured. The treatment will reduce the pain to a bearable state and improve your movement.

  • Therapy

The therapist will suggest exercises and workouts that will help strengthen the muscles that are around the affected area to aid your movements.

DOES MEDICAL INSURANCE COVER OSTEOARTHRITIS TREATMENT?

Medicare and many other  insurance companies normally cover osteoarthritis treatments. Insurance companies does so because our osteoarthritis treatment is cost effective with a high rate of recovery. Original Medicare (Part A & Part B) covers necessary medical services and provisions for osteoarthritis treatment.

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Do not ignore your Osteoarthritis, it can become worse overtime. It’s important to consult with the doctor and understand the root cause of Osteoarthritis.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT OSTEOARTHRITIS

How do you get osteoarthritis?

One can develop osteoarthritis through aging. As the water content of the cartilage increases, the protein content of cartilage degenerates. Iterative use of the body joints over the years can cause the cartilage to degenerate. This is what leads to joint pain and swelling.

What is the difference between osteoarthritis and arthritis?

Arthritis is the general name for the different types of arthritis including; osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis that is why most at times osteoarthritis is interchanged with arthritis.

Is osteoarthritis hereditary?

Osteoarthritis has a hereditary form which is caused by the mutation of genes. This kind of osteoarthritis can initially appear at a young age, having a quick adverse damage.As about 40 – 65% of osteoarthritis has a genetic component. However, if your parents, siblings or other extended relatives have cases of joint pains then you are likely to h one. Make a full findings before making an appointment with an osteoarthritis doctor in Fairfax, VA.

What is the best vitamin for arthritis?

The following are the best vitamins to reduce the risk of having arthritis or helping your arthritis condition:

  • Curcumin ( turmeric root) the turmeric root has anti-inflammatory features.
  • Vitamin D
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate.
  • Boswellia.
  • ASUs.
  • Devil’s claw.
  • Fish oil.
  • Vitamin E
  • Green tea

How do they test for osteoarthritis?

Diagnosis, in this stage, the osteoarthritis doctor in Fairfax, VA will have a close look at the affected area checking for certain signs such as; tenderness, flexibility, swellings, redness. An image test will be carried out such as; x-rays and MRI(magnetic resonance imaging) which will show the bone spurs and all the soft tissues, cartilage respectively.

Afterwards, your blood Sample will be taken. Although a blood test does not show osteoarthritis but it helps the doctor to know if such symptoms were caused by rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation or infection. In the process of collecting a blood sample, a needle will be injected into the affected area.

Can chiropractic help with osteoarthritis?

Chiropractic therapy goes a long way in managing and easing pain caused by osteoarthritis. The therapy make adjustments that reduce joint misalignments in the body. Chiropractics help reduce inflammation and enable the proper functioning of both the affected area and nervous system.

Can chiropractors help with inflammation?

Chiropractics help reduce inflammation and enable the proper functioning of both the affected area and nervous system. However, a competent chiropractor can be recommended by the osteoarthritis doctor in Fairfax, VA.

Can Massage Help Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis needs proper massaging. Voner says. Pain is relieved as the muscles surrounding the joints relax, releasing stiffness and allowing for better range of motion and mobility. A good massage improves healthy blood circulation throughout the osteoarthritic joints thereby reducing swelling and stiffness.

Is there a cure for osteoarthritis of the spine?

There is no cure for osteoarthritis affecting any of your body joints. Therefore, there are quick remedies and treatment to help ease the pain, aid movement and improve the quality of your life. They include:

  • Hot water bottle or warm pad compression on the affected area.
  • Ice pack compression on the affected area. It will ease the pain and also reduce the risk of inflammation.
  • Epsom salt bath. It helps to reduce the pains and inflammation. It can be used as frequent as you desire. Two cups in a warm water.
  • The use of some support devices such as; braces, gripping tools and foot wear insert.
  • Physical therapy
  • The use of over the counter drugs such as; acetaminophen

It is most recommendable to see a doctor nearby in Fairfax, VA if the pain persist.

How do you know if you have arthritis in your neck?

They are the signs that will help you identify if you have arthritis in your neck:

  • Joint pains in the neck.
  • Stiffness and crackles.
  • Swellings and tenderness.
  • Difficulty in moving your neck up and down.

It remains advisable not to jump into conclusions without having an appointment with a doctor.

What are the 4 stages of osteoarthritis?

STAGE 1 – MINOR

  • The least painful stage.
  • Little wear and tear of the joints.
  • Little or no affected part.
  • No much advice will be given to you rather than, change your exercise pattern and take supplements.

 

STAGE 2 – MILD

  • Noticeable bone spurs in X-rays.
  • Stiffness and crunching sensation
  • Uncomfortability
  • The use of braces or gripping tool is suggested by the doctor.

 

STAGE 3 – MODERATE

  • Damaged cartilage.
  • Inflammation
  • Difficulty in movement.
  • The use of over the counter pain relievers.
  • The use injections such as; Cortisone, hyaluronic acid.
  • The case is becoming severe.

 

STAGE 4 – SEVERE

  • The most severe stage.
  • The most painful stage.
  • Cartilage is completely damaged.
  • Surgery

How do you stop osteoarthritis from progressing?

The progression of osteoarthritis can be controlled through the following:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Controlling blood Sugar.
  • Get physical therapy and exercise.
  • Choosing a healthy Lifestyle.

Does osteoarthritis hurt all the time?

The osteoarthritis pains as much cartilage is damaged. The more damage cartilage you have, the more your bone joints scratch together. However, how often you hurt depends on how healthy your cartilage is.

Will osteoarthritis cripple me?

Osteoarthritis does not happen in a sudden. It’s a continuous gradual growth process that if not controlled, damages are prone to occur such as deformities. Osteoarthritis on very rare case makes one cripple. Provided you don’t neglect the situation, you are mostly likely not to be crippled.

What type of doctor can diagnose osteoarthritis?

Rheumatologists are specialists in musculoskeletal diseases and autoimmune conditions. They treat all types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. You may also need the help of a physiotherapist and orthopedic doctor.

What is the best treatment for osteoarthritis?

The treatment will reduce the pain to a bearable minimum and improve your movement. such as;  ibuprofen and naproxen sodium orally taken at their recommended doses, helps to relieve osteoarthritis pain. Acetaminophen helps to calm osteoarthritis pain though an overdose of it can cause liver damage. Duloxetine(antidepressant) is legitimate for treating osteoarthritis pain. The doctor may go on to use Cortisone injections, hyaluronic acid injections, osteotomy practice if the condition is becoming extreme.

What is the main cause of osteoarthritis?

These are the factors that cause osteoarthritis:

  • Age: it is mostly common in elderly people of the population. The tendency of being a patient of such, increases with your age.
  • Family: Genetics has shown that it is hereditary.
  • Gender: The risk is equal between the gender. After the age of 50, it’s more likely in women than men.
  • Injuries from accidents can be a major cause.
  • The nature of your work.
  • Obesity

What happens if osteoarthritis is left untreated?

Ignoring your osteoarthritis for a long time can lead to certain complications such as: deformities, unstable, excruciating pain and on rare cases makes the person cripple (lose mobility).

What is the latest treatment for osteoarthritis?

“Our findings show chondroitin sulfate is a safe and effective treatment for patients with hand OA,” concluded researcher Cem Gabay, M.D. “Alternative therapies, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), provide similar pain reducing effects, but with considerably more long-term toxicities.”