There are many types of arthritis, but the most common and the most typically treated by Dr. Nikesh Seth is osteoarthritis. It affects millions of people each year and happens when the cartilage at the ends of bones wears down. This cartilage is protective, but not everlasting. With age, osteoarthritis occurs in many people. It can happen anywhere in the body but is most common in the hands, spine, hips, and knees.
Osteoarthritis can’t be stopped, but the symptoms can be managed. The best approach is preventative and active. By exercising, keeping a healthy weight, and working with a pain management doctor who prioritizes safety, it’s possible to live a full and thriving life with osteoarthritis.
Naturally, osteoarthritis symptoms develop slowly. The obvious symptom is pain. If a joint hurts during or post-movement, that might be a sign of osteoarthritis. The joint may feel tender or stiff. Stiffness is most common in the morning or any time after prolonged inactivity. Osteoarthritis can cause a loss of flexibility, and you might notice your range of motion has decreased.
Sometimes, you can even hear a grating sound when the joint is used. Bone spurs will sometimes form around the affected area, which can increase the discomfort. Joint pain and/or stiffness is what usually brings an osteoarthritis patient to a doctor, but don’t wait until the pain is unbearable. Any discomfort is your body saying that something isn’t right.
The dissolution of cartilage is a slow process. If a person doesn’t change their habits, the cartilage can wear away completely and leave bone rubbing against bone. Women tend to develop osteoarthritis more often than men, and obesity can exacerbate the situation. Joint injuries can also increase the odds of osteoarthritis occurring. Repetitive movements, genetics, and bone deformities can also play a role.
Although osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease, there are actions you can take for pain management and slow down the process. You may be able to avoid future surgeries. Call Integrated Pain Consultants at 480-626-2552 and schedule your consultation today.