Morning stiffness turns into an agonizing disease
It may begin like a small morning stiffness and for some people it can never get any worse. But for millions of other aged 65 or older (though symptoms can occur earlier than age 45), osteoarthritis – a degenerative joint disease – can turn into disabling and even crippling.
Osteoarthritis is an agonizing disease that generally affects the cartilage in a joint causing it to wear away. Cartilage is the slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones and allows them to glide over each other and acts much like a shock absorber. In the premature stages of osteoarthritis, joints may simply ache a little after physical work or exercise. But eventually, as more and more of the cartilage wears down, the bare bone ends begin to rub against each other, causing tenderness, intermittent or steady pain, swelling, and loss of motion in the joint. You may even experience a crunching sensation or the sound of bone rubbing on bone. Bits of bone or cartilage may come off and float inside the joint space causing even greater damage and pain.
Though it is not known what causes osteoarthritis, scientists suspect a combination of factors is responsible, including excess weight, joint injury, stresses on joints from certain jobs and a family history of osteoarthritis. Unlike other forms of arthritis, the disease only affects the joints, usually the ends of the fingers, neck, thumbs, hips, knees and lower back.
If you suspect you have osteoarthritis and your doctor confirms that you do, he or she can help you set up a treatment program to fit your needs, lifestyle, and health. Treatment approaches include rest, exercise and appropriate care of the joint, weight control, and medicines.
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