Osteoarthritis is a general term describing joint inflammation. Although you can develop osteoarthritis at any age, this condition generally starts as you grow older. This is due to the stress you put on joints over years of use.
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common types of inflammation that can affect your joints and occurs due to wear and tear on the cartilage that protects them. The condition tends to develop in joints that bear the brunt of your weight, including your:
It may also show up in your finger joints, the neck, and the large toe. Our provider and the team work tirelessly to pinpoint problem areas and provide the most effective treatments.
While the exact cause of osteoarthritis is still unknown, there are many factors involved that the team at Wellness First Medical Center can help identify. It can run in families, for instance, or it may be related to your job or a previous injury. Osteoarthritis is also more common among women and is influenced by your weight and physical condition.
The condition is caused by stiffness of the cartilage that protects the joint. For example, your hip joint has cartilage between the ball and socket to prevent your bones from rubbing together. As the cartilage loses its elasticity over time, it breaks down and exposes the ends of your bones. It’s the resulting rubbing of these bones against each other that leads to inflammation.
Osteoarthritis develops gradually, but specific symptoms may include:
If you think you’re experiencing the signs of osteoarthritis, schedule a consultation at Wellness First Medical Center to discuss your diagnosis and treatment plans.
Your treatment plan depends on the location of the inflammation and factors such as your occupation, age, and fitness level. Our provider discusses all this with you and considers it when developing a treatment plan.
At Wellness First Medical Center, care plans take a holistic approach and generally involve a combination of medical therapies and lifestyle changes.
Your weight and activity levels have a dramatic impact on osteoarthritis, especially when it affects weight-bearing joints like your knees and hips. Our provider may, therefore, suggest low-impact exercises and a weight-loss plan as part of your self-management, as well as nutriceuticals, to improve your diet and physical therapy to help regain strength.
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