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- On September 14, 2010
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Osteoarthritis (OA) also known as degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease, affects nearly 27 million people in the United States. Osteoarthritis is a group of mechanical abnormalities involving degradation of joints, including articular cartilage and subchondral bone. Symptoms may include joint pain, tenderness, stiffness, locking, and sometimes an effusion. A variety of causes—hereditary, developmental, metabolic, and mechanical—may initiate processes leading to loss of cartilage. When bone surfaces become less well protected by cartilage, bone may be exposed and damaged. As a result of decreased movement secondary to pain, regional muscles may atrophy, and ligaments may become more lax.
The main symptom is pain, causing loss of ability and often stiffness. “Pain” is generally described as a sharp ache, or a burning sensation in the associate muscles and tendons. OA can cause a crackling noise (called “crepitus”) when the affected joint is moved or touched, and patients may experience muscle spasm and contractions in the tendons. Occasionally, the joints may also be filled with fluid. Humid and cold weather increases the pain in many patients.
Osteoarthritis patients of AZ Pain Centers have had huge success with treating their chronic pain. Our innovative treatment procedures are helping thousands get back to the pain free life they deserve. Marilyn suffered with arthritis so bad she lost the use of her hands. Thanks to the help of AZ Pain Centers, she is once again relieved of her pain. See her story here.