Osteoarthritis | Nucleus Health

by birtanpublished on September 10, 2020

Oh Bonz provide support for the body and aid in its movement the place where two or more bones meet is called a joint joints may be immovable slightly movable or freely moveable a synovial membrane surrounds movable

Joints inside the membrane synovial fluid lubricates and nourishes joint tissue such as cartilage articular cartilage is a tough slippery covering on the ends of the bones which allows smooth joint movement

Joints give the body flexibility precision of movement and help in supporting the body's weight arthritis is any disorder that affects joints it can cause pain and inflammation osteoarthritis or

Degenerative joint disease is the most common type of arthritis it's usually seen in older people the joints most commonly affected are in the hands knees hips and spine often the cause of osteoarthritis is

Unknown but it may be due to a combination of the following risk factors a family tendency for this condition being overweight a joint injury such as a fracture

Repetitive strain from activities such as sports and problems with the bones in a joint not lining up properly over many years these factors can wear away the articular cartilage the exposed bony

Surfaces rub together this along with the growth of bony projections called bone spurs swelling pain and limited movement of the joints there is no cure for osteoarthritis but

A combination of treatment options control the symptoms for example medications can reduce joint inflammation and pain common medications include acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory

Drugs or NSAIDs an ice pack may also reduce joint pain lifestyle changes such as resting the affected joint and losing weight if necessary may help slow down the progression of

Osteoarthritis other lifestyle changes include physical therapy exercises and education to manage osteoarthritis on your own physical therapy exercises along with low-impact exercise such as walking and swimming increases muscle

Strength and keeps joints limber braces can help with joint support and alignment to reduce joint pain another treatment option is the injection of hyaluronic acid into the joint hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring

Substance in the joint synovial fluid it helps lubricate the joint and allows the bones to slide over each other more easily for severe osteoarthritis a doctor may recommend a surgical procedure such as

Joint resurfacing to remove loose bone or cartilage and bone spurs or an osteotomy or bone removal may be recommended to realign deformed joints in some cases the arthritic joint may need to be replaced with an artificial

Joint for more information talk to a healthcare provider

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