Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition in which the material that cushions the joints, called cartilage, breaks down. This causes the bones to rub against each other, causing stiffness, pain and loss of joint movement. The cause of osteoarthritis is not fully understood.
Roughly, about 27 million people in America have osteoarthritis. Common risk factors include:
Osteoarthritis symptoms usually develop gradually. At first, there may be soreness or stiffness that seems more like a nuisance than a medical concern. Common symptoms of osteoarthritis include:
Osteoarthritis (OA) may also affect the neck, small finger joints, the base of the thumb, ankle, and big toe. The pain from osteoarthritis may be moderate and come and go, without affecting the ability to perform daily tasks. Some patient’s OA will never progress past this early stage. Others will have their OA get worse. The pain and stiffness of more severe osteoarthritis may make it difficult to walk, climb stairs, sleep, or perform other daily tasks.
Staying physically active and maintaining a healthy weight are the keys to living well with osteoarthritis. Too little movement can lead to stiffness and weak joints. Losing one pound can take four pounds of pressure off your knee joints. Overall fitness improves health in many ways. Strong muscles protect joints. An OA management plan also involves eating a nutritious diet, managing stress and depression, and getting a good balance of rest and activity each day.
Get the treatment you deserve for arthritis, chronic pain, and sports injuries from the exceptional staff at Markou Medical. We offer osteoarthritis treatment for patients in Clearwater and Tarpon Springs, Florida. For more information about osteoarthritis treatment or to schedule a consultation, please contact our friendly staff or give us a call at (727) 446-0176.
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