About Osteoarthritis & Treatment Options

The most common form of arthritis that affects millions of patients each year, osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that directly affects cartilage and bones.

The condition occurs when the protective tissue at the ends of the bones wears down over time, causing less padding and more pain at many of the joints in your body. The most commonly affected areas include the hands, knees, hips, and spine.

Osteoarthritis’ process is irreversible once it begins, but the pain associated can be effectively managed. Regular exercise and a healthy diet can help to reduce your risk for developing osteoarthritis and also help to slow down the process in those who are affected.

Causes

Osteoarthritis is a common condition that affects millions each year. The most common risk factors that have been shown to lead to development include:

  • Old age. Natural bodily aging processes result in the breakdown of cartilage and important tissue used to maintain healthy joints.
  • Obesity. Carrying extra body weight puts undue stress on your bones and joints, and the more you weigh, the greater your risk. Increased weight puts added stress on important weight-bearing joints, such as your hips and knees, and suppresses the secretion of important fluids used by joints. In addition, fat tissue produces proteins that may cause harmful inflammation in and around your joints.
  • Genetics. Some patients may be born with a predisposition to unhealthy joints, due to hormones or any other natural factor.
  • Bone deformities. Those born with deformities such as improperly formed joints and bones are at a greater risk of cartilage deterioration.

Symptoms

Osteoarthritis is a disease with a very slow onset. The cartilage around joints and bones may begin to deteriorate without any associated symptoms, and once pain sets in the condition may already be in a more advanced stage. Osteoarthritis can develop slowly for years, and result in:

  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Stiff joints
  • Loss of Flexibility
  • Bone Spurs
  • Uncomfortable sensations around joints

If you experience any of these symptoms, contact us today.

Treatment Options

Osteoarthritis is a chronic, long-term disease. There is no definitive cure, but there are treatment plans available that utilize long-term pain management and inflammation reduction techniques. There are 4 main factors in managing this chronic condition:

  • Managing pain, stiffness, and inflammation.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Exercise
  • Improving joint mobility and overall flexibility

We believe that proper pain management comes from identifying the source of the pain, and taking a holistic healing approach to osteoarthritis. We use treatments such as acupuncture, herbal remedies, and natural injections to help naturally remedy the pain you are experiencing from osteoarthritis. In order to live a well-balanced life with this painful condition, a holistic approach that accounts for all of the factors mentioned above must be adopted.

For all instances of chronic pain associated with osteoarthritis, the best treatment option you can take for your short and long-term health is a holistic one, especially if your current treatment plan is unsuccessful. Contact us today to begin your path to natural wellness and healthy, chemical-free pain management.

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