What Is Osteoarthritis?



Osteoarthritis (OA) is a form of arthritis that occurs when the cartilage that cushions joints begin to degrade and wear down over time.  The bone begins to rub against bone which causes pain, loss of movement and stiffness.  It is the most common form of arthritis with 27 million Americans suffering from the condition.  OA can happen at any point of the body where there is a joint, but most commonly affects knees, spine, hands and hips.  There is no cure for OA, but some treatments may help to minimize pain and slow progression.

Symptoms of OA will get worse over time, but may include:


-Pain in the joints, often worsens at the end of day

-Soreness and stiffness, especially in the early morning, disappears after moving

-Bone spurs, extra bone growth that feels like hard lumps on the joint

-Loss of motion, no longer have the ability to move the joint as well as it once did


There are treatments that can help to manage the pain and stiffness associated with OA, but there is no cure.  Medications, such as an NSAID, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, can help to manage the pain symptoms.  Injections, such as cortisone shots or hyaluronic acid shots can help as well.  For some, physical therapy can help to improve function by building strength.  Maintaining a healthy weight, getting plenty rest and getting are great ways to help slow progression of this disorder.


If you believe you may have OA, and are looking for a physical to help you manage your symptoms in Marietta, Canton or Carrollton, contact our office today at (770) 421-1420 or go to lowbackpain.com





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