Is Osteoarthritis causing you pain and stiffness? The first line of defense to combating any disorder is to understand how it works and what treatment options are available to you.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic condition affecting about 27 million people in America. It is caused when the cartilage near the joints begin to degrade, leaving the bone to rub against bone. OA is commonly caused by aging, obesity, overuse, and injury. This disorder is unlike other forms of arthritis in that it does not affect organs in other parts of the body.
Symptoms of OA include pain, stiffness or soreness near the joints, especially in the knees, low back, finger joints, big toe, ankle, or hips. Often pain is worse at the end of the day or following a period of inactivity. For some, OA pain can make it difficult to perform everyday activity and in severe cases there is significant pain when at rest or after doing limited motion.
Unfortunately there is no cure for osteoarthritis, however there are things that you can do to help with the pain. Your should ask your physician if one of these treatment options are right for you:
-Starting an exercise program
-Insoles or orthotic shoes
If you are looking for a physician to help manage your symptoms of OA, contact our office at www.lowbackpain.com or call
(770) 421-1420. Our board certified physicians are here to help you reduce your pain and have three convenient locations in Marietta, Canton and Carrollton, Georgia.