Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a breakdown in the cartilage of the joints. This condition can occur in almost any joint in the body, but it is most common in weight-bearing joints such as the knees, hips and spine.
Nearly 27 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis. As you get older, your chances increase substantially that you will suffer from osteoarthritis, but that doesn’t mean that people in their 20s and 30s cannot develop osteoarthritis.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
If you suffer from osteoarthritis, the main symptom you will have is pain. This pain can be present during movement and exercise or while you rest, or both. Your knee or hip may also be stiff and inflamed, with limited range of motion and mobility. Osteoarthritis can severely affect your daily routine and overall lifestyle.
Causes of Osteoarthritis
There are many causes to osteoarthritis. Some that can be prevented and others that cannot. Often osteoarthritis can simply be hereditary. However, this condition can also stem from obesity, injury or pressure and overuse of specific joints. If you were born with a joint or spine abnormality, you are at a higher risk for osteoarthritis.
Treatment of Osteoarthritis
At Atlas Integrated Healthcare, our expert staff specializes in treating pain and immobility in joints. If you have pain or a lack of mobility in your joints, especially in your knee or hip, then you may have osteoarthritis. Come in to your nearest Atlas Integrated Healthcare location for a consultation to determine if you are suffering from osteoarthritis. During the consultation, we will determine the most effective treatment for your condition.
Everyone is different and there are no cookie-cutter approaches to properly treating pain and deteriorating joints. We have a wide range of treatment options designed to improve your pain and mobility long-term. Call us today to schedule your appointment and start living pain free today!