Osteoarthritis can easily mask itself as other problems; by knowing and recognizing the signs as well as the likelihood that you are a sufferer, the sooner you can seek intervention. Physical therapy has proven to benefit those suffering from osteoarthritis pain.
Osteoarthritis: A Hidden Disease
It’s often far too easy to become accustomed to pain and to “assume that it’s nothing”. When we do this, we run a higher risk of that “nothing” pain becoming something. Osteoarthritis pain is highly common and has a myriad of symptoms and areas in which it impacts making it difficult to identify.
Type of Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis can occur in nearly any part of the body including:
- Foot and ankle
Osteoarthritis is a joint disease, so anywhere your body is jointed is vulnerable.
Factors Contributing to Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is generally caused by stress to the joints, so anyone with prior joint injury is a potential candidate for the disease. Additionally, anyone who has a family member who has osteoarthritis may be at a greater chance of having issues due to genetics.
Individuals who are obese or overweight or who are of a certain age (post-menopausal women or men who are of the same age as women at that age) are also at an increased likelihood to be vulnerable to osteoarthritis suffering.
Signs of Osteoarthritis
Like many disorders, the symptoms of osteoarthritis can easily be mistaken for other issues; however, if you start to observe the most common symptoms of osteoarthritis and you believe you are a candidate for the disease, get tested; the sooner you can start a therapeutic regimen to mitigate the issues, the better off you will be.
- Pain and Stiffness: Pain worsens after activity and lessens during times of rest. Pain can also occur at night or during periods of rest; pain is most often detected at the joint.
- Crackling Joins (Crepitus): Movement of the joint will be accompanied by ‘crackling’ or a grating.
- Bone Spurs: Bony outgrowths at the joint site will occur and will get larger over the course of time.
Swelling and fluid collection at the joint site are other signs to look out for. Again, if you have signs of osteoarthritis and feel you are a candidate for osteoarthritis, get checked sooner than later. Physical therapy has proven to help patients suffering from osteoarthritis pain; the more quickly patients seek intervention, the longer and more effective the treatment will be.
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