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- On September 20, 2010
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Osteoarthritis is a disease of the joints a 27 million Americans. Unlike many other forms of arthritis that are systemic illnesses, such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus, osteoarthritis does not affect other organs of the body. The most common symptom of osteoarthritis is pain in the affected joint(s) after repetitive use. Joint pain is usually worse later in the day. There can be swelling, warmth, and creaking of the affected joints. Pain and stiffness of the joints can also occur after long periods of inactivity, for example, sitting in a theater. In severe osteoarthritis, complete loss of cartilage cushion causes friction between bones, causing pain at rest or pain with limited motion.
While osteoarthritis can affect any joint in your body, the disorder most commonly affects joints in your:
- Lower back
Osteoarthritis gradually worsens with time, and no cure exists. But osteoarthritis treatments can relieve pain and help you remain active. Taking steps to actively manage your osteoarthritis may help you gain control over your symptoms.
There are two distinct types of osteoarthritis – primary and secondary. Primary osteoarthritis is the type associated with aging and is thought of as “wear and tear” osteoarthritis. The older you are, the more likely it is that you will have some degree of primary arthritis. In fact, if we live long enough, most of us will experience primary osteoarthritis, even if it is just a touch. There is no apparent cause for this type of osteoarthritis.
In contrast, when someone is diagnosed with secondary osteoarthritis, it is because there is an apparent cause for the disease. In other words, the breakdown of cartilage can be associated to injury, heredity, obesity or something else.
Osteoarthritis most commonly occurs in the weight-bearing joints of the hips, knees and lower back. It also affects the neck, small finger joints, the base of the thumb and the big toe. OA rarely affects other joints except when injury or stress is involved.
It is important that you take an active role in the treatment of your OA and in prevention of additional joint damage. There are even steps you can take to lower your risk for developing OA at all.
The most important thing you can do if you suspect you have any form of arthritis is to get a proper diagnosis and begin early, aggressive treatment. There are several other conditions that are similar to OA, including rheumatoid arthritis, that have different treatment plans. It is important that you are being treated properly for your arthritis. You should also know that treatment may change as the disease progresses or improves. The procedures at AZ Pain Centers have had great succesess in treating those with Osteo-arthritis. Give us a call today.