All you need to know about Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis. A person suffering from Osteoarthritis has their protective cartilage of bones wear down with time. In this blog, you will learn all you need to know about osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is a bone disease that affects the joints. In a joint that is healthy, there is a coating of soft bone tissue, known as cartilage that helps the bones move more freely with each other. In osteoarthritis, the cartilage becomes thinner and gets a rougher surface. This causes the joint to be unable to move as smoothly as before.

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Symptoms of osteoarthritis include: –

  • Pain – The affected joints cause pain to the patient.
  • Stiffness – Joints get stiff without much movement.
  • Tenderness – Joints feel tender when pressure is applied.
  • Grating sensation – There are popping or cracking sounds when the joint is moved, and you might get a grating feeling when moving the joint.
  • Loss of flexibility – You maybe unable to move joint to its full potential.
  • Swelling – There may be some soft tissue inflammation around the joint.
  • Bone spurs – There can be extra bits of bone that feel hard around the joint.
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Factors that can cause osteoarthritis include: –

  • Aging – The risk of osteoarthritis grows overage.
  • Sex – Females have a higher risk of developing osteoarthritis.
  • Obesity – Carrying more than the appropriate amount of body weight increases the risks of osteoarthritis. Too much weight adds stress to your weight-bearing joints, such as the back, hips, and knees.
  • Joint injuries – Injuries like sports injuries can increase the risks of developing osteoarthritis.
  • Heredity – Some people are more likely to develop osteoarthritis due to their genes.
  • Repeated stress on the joints – If you put stress repeatedly on a single joint, you may develop osteoarthritis.
  • Deformities in bone – Some people are born with deformed bones or damaged cartilage.
  • Metabolic diseases – Metabolic diseases include diabetes and a scenario where your body has too much iron (hemochromatosis).

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative diseases that only worsens over time as your joints wear out.

We hope you were able to learn all you need to know about osteoarthritis.

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