Wear and Tear
Osteoarthritis, also known as “wear and tear arthritis” or OA, is the most common kind of arthritis in the human body. Target areas for this disease are in the neck, hands, hips, and knees. Symptoms can include swelling, stiffness, pain or aching, and decreased range of motion (flexibility). This disease is caused by damage of the joint cartilage between bones.
The possibility of developing OA increases with age. After the age of 50, women are more likely to suffer with the symptoms of OA. Genetics and being overweight can play a factor in contracting this disease as well.
The good news is that even though there is no cure for Osteoarthritis, we can treat it. Therapies can include increased physical activity, weight loss, medications, physical therapy with strengthening exercises, and fitted supportive devices. These therapies help people reduce pain, improve function, and regain confidence.