About Degenerative Joint Disease (Osteoarthritis)
Degenerative Joint Disease, also known as Osteoarthritis, is a condition that stems from degradation of joints, including the degradation of subchondral bone and articular cartilage. In addition to being the most common arthritic disease, Osteoarthritis is also a major cause of disability in the United States.
Osteoarthritis is a result of diminished cartilage. Genes, development, metabolic issues, or natural wear and tear can lead to the loss of cartilage. Cartilage acts as padding between joints. Once the cartilage has diminished, bones began to rub against each other. Osteoarthritis causes a range of painful symptoms as a result of joint damage.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis include stiffness, tenderness, swelling and pain. Symptoms may lessen during periods of rest, and increase during activity. However, it is possible for sufferers to experience symptoms while at rest. Other symptoms can affect muscles and ligaments. Muscle atrophy and general weakening of surrounding tissues can occur. Sufferers may notice that they are unable to preform simple activities, such as running, walking, or even standing, without experiencing discomfort.
To combat symptoms, patients are encouraged to exercise and find ways to modify physical activity to decrease pain and increase mobility. Analgesics are often provided as a method of pain management as well. If the pain is too great, joint replacement surgery can help.
Degenerative Joint Disease Pain Treatment
The key to getting relief from Osteoarthritis pain is to get help from a professional. Request an Appointment to explore options for pain management and long-term treatment for Degenerative Joint Disease.