One of the most common types of arthritis is Osteoarthritis (OA). It is a degenerative joint-related condition – wear and tear arthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused due to breakdown of the cartilage and can affect any joint. However, OA usually affects the knees, spine, fingers, and hips joint. This type of arthritis is more common among older people. But the question is what causes osteoarthritis? Before that let’s learn some of the most common osteoarthritis signs and symptoms.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis:
Common osteoarthritis symptoms include the following:
- Joint pain gets worse when using the joint and gets better with rest.
- Stiffness and swelling in the joints
- Limited range of motion
- Changes in the joint appearance
What causes Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis (OA) is more common among older people (occurs over time). There are certain factors that may increase the risk of osteoarthritis. Some of the risk factors of OA include the following:
This joint disease is more common among older people, however, can also affect young people. The risk of OA increases with age.
– Being overweight:
Excessive weight or being overweight puts more pressure on the spine and joints. Especially on the weight-bearing joints like hips and knees. It, therefore, promotes damage to the cartilage. This is why obesity increases the risk of OA.
– Injury or overuse of the joint:
Repetitive stress on the joint and knee bending can cause damage to the joint, therefore, increasing the risk of OA.
– Family history of the disease (OA):
People with a family history of OA have a higher risk of developing this particular joint disease.
Comparatively, women are more likely to develop OA than men.
Altering some factors in life may help in preventing joint-related problems. Putting lesser stress on your joints can reduce the risk of OA.
Following are some of the preventive measures for OA:
– Healthy body weight
Maintaining a healthy body weight can be pretty important for the prevention of osteoarthritis. As mentioned earlier, obesity increases the risk of developing OA.
– Be physically active:
Exercising regularly is one of the best ways to prevent joint-related disorders. Being physically active and exercising strengthens the muscles. Consult with your physician for safer exercises for you.
– Pay attention to your pain!
In case of pain in your joints after exercise, rest your joint and perform ice therapy. Consult with your healthcare provider for exercises safer according to you.
When to seek medical attention?
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