Osteoarthritis Information

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Aug 19, 2018

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Osteoarthritis Information

Introduction

Osteo is the word for bone, so osteoarthritis is a medical condition that affects the bones principally at the joints. Also known as degenerative joint disease, also known as wear and tear.

What are the signs and symptoms of Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a medical condition that causes symptoms of joint pain and stiffness.

Causes of Osteoarthritis

The process of osteoarthritis is that the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones becomes affected, and then becomes thin, then down to the bone, the process causing increasing pain and stiffness.

Treatment for Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a medical condition over long-term, referred to as a chronic condition.  Currently there is no cure to the medical process; however doctors will help you manage control of symptoms with medication for the stiffness and pain. Also keep active including physiotherapy and osteopathy-use it or lose it!

Is Osteoarthritis Hereditary?

Current opinion is that the exact cause of osteoarthritis is not known. Osteoarthritis being common may run in families, and the increased incidence may be related to increased risk factors such as age, overweight, joint injury trauma.

What is the Difference Between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis?

There are many different forms of arthritis, and there is a big difference in the process of progression between the most common osteoarthritis OA and the less common rheumatoid arthritis RA.

  • Onset. Osteoarthritis OA process is the degeneration of the layer of cartilage on the bone surface, chronic condition over years. Rheumatoid arthritis RA is an inflammatory medical condition. The immune system of your body targets tissues in your joints which it attacks. Time frame of symptoms stiffness and pain may be over weeks or months.
  • Location. Both osteoarthritis OA and rheumatoid arthritis RA can cause pain by affecting the hands. However, the difference is the joints affected: osteoarthritis OA affects the joint furthest away at the end of the finger, whereas rheumatoid arthritis usually spares this joint. And while rheumatoid arthritis can appear in any joint, its most common targets are the hands, wrists, and feet.
  • Type of stiffness. Osteoarthritis OA commonly there is joint stiffness in the morning relieved by some activity, sometimes occurs later in the day after resting, then stiffness is again relieved by exercise. In rheumatoid arthritis RA, the symptom of joint stiffness in the morning does not begin to get better for 1-2 hours.

Osteoarthritis Treatment

.Osteoarthritis is a medical condition over long-term, referred to as a chronic condition.  Currently there is no cure to the medical process; however doctors will help you manage control of symptoms with medication for the stiffness and pain. Also keep active including physiotherapy and osteopathy-use it or lose it!

Osteoarthritis Prognosis

The prognosis (outlook) for patients with osteoarthritis is variable Factors include which joints are affected, if affected joints cause symptoms and the affected mobility and reduced function. The variability of osteoarthritis is between being unaffected, and at the end of the scale being severely disabled. NICE guidelines on osteoarthritis have a readable section on follow up and review.