Suffering From Osteoarthritis?
The degeneration associated with this disease primarily affects the cartilage that covers the bones in the joints throughout our bodies. Osteoarthritis decreases the cartilage’s ability to absorb stress causing it to degenerate quicker. As the cartilage degenerates, surrounding stabilizing and supporting structures such as ligaments, tendons, and muscles is overworked resulting in the development of pain. In the late stages of osteoarthritis, bone may even began to push against each other causing more pain and degeneration. While this disease process can sound frightening and unavoidable, it is important to understand that you can prevent its development and Pines Spine & Joint has the most up-to-date treatment and preventive measures available.
Symptoms Associated With Osteoarthritis
A wide range of symptoms in patients with osteoarthritis may occur, but some are more common than others. Commonly observed symptoms include:
- Varying degrees of joint pain that is worse with movement
- Pain with joint movement that is worse after rest
- Swelling and joint enlargement in the painful joints
- Pain that travels from the hip to the groin
- Pain that travels down the thighs
- Aching or stabbing pain in the knees
- Pain in these joints that is worse with cold weather
- Pain in these joints during jogging or running
Osteoarthritis has a predisposition to effect joints that are commonly overworked and overused. These are typically weight bearing joints in the body that sustained repeated amounts of heavy stress. Therefore, the knees, hips, neck, lower back, big toes, and hands are most commonly affected. However, osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body. Joints that have had serious trauma or repeated micro-stress due to repetitive labor and movement are more prone to the development of osteoarthritis.
Treatments at Pines Spine & Joint
The primary focus of care at Pines Spine & Joint is to restore the normal alignment of joints throughout the body. It has been demonstrated through clinical studies that bones that are not in their proper positions are more likely to degenerate quicker and therefore are more prone to the development of osteoarthritis. Since our office looks at all aspects of health, our treatment programs will include various forms of physical therapy, nutritional, and supplemental advice. These forms of treatment have been shown in various studies to prevent and slow the development of osteoarthritis.
If you fear that you have developed osteoarthritis or are concerned about its development, please contact Pines Spine & Joint in to schedule an individualized consultation today. Our integrated medical team can help you get back on your feet.