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RELIEVE YOUR LOWER BACK, HIP, AND KNEE ARTHRITIS PAINS
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Symptoms of arthritis in the lower back, hip, or knee typically include: • Pain in the affected region, which may spread to surrounding body parts • Stiffness • Inflammation • Muscle spasms • Joint creaking, clicking, or popping sounds • Increased pain with certain activities (such as work or physical activity) • Decreased range of motion in the affected area • Abnormalities in gait (such as limping) • Swelling • Weakness • Warm sensation in the affected joint With time, arthritis of the lower back, hip, or knee can lead to more serious conditions, such as bone spurs ordeformity. Ifyouaresuffering fromanyof theabove symptomsandyouare looking for relief,donothesitate to contact us today, before your condition worsens.
Osteoarthritis is the most common, and is the result of gradual “wear and tear” of cartilage surrounding the joints. This can occur from age or from excessive, repetitive use of the affected joint(s). When cartilage is worn down, it can no longer act as a strong cushion andshockabsorber for the joints, resulting inbone-on- bone friction and painful inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis is different from osteoarthritis and it is not as well understood. It is the second most commonlyexperienced formofarthritis,and itdevelops as an autoimmune response. When someone has rheumatoid arthritis, their immune system sees the joints as a threat. Because of this perceived threat, the immune system attacks the joints, resulting in pain and inflammation. While research is ongoing, in order to better understand rheumatoid arthritis, many experts believe that your hormones, medical history, and environment could all be contributing factors.
Do your joints feel stiff, achy, or painful, especially when you wake up in the morning? If so, you may be experiencing the effects of arthritis. Arthritis is a common condition that millions of Americans are diagnosed with. In fact, according to the Centers for DiseaseControl,approximately54.4millionU.S.adults are diagnosed with some form of arthritis each year. While it is possible for arthritis to develop in any of the joints, the lower back, hips, and knees are among the most common. If you have been living with arthritic aches and pains, contact Bay State Physical Therapy today to schedule an evaluation. Our dedicated physical therapists will assess your symptoms, discuss the impact on your daily life, and create an individualized treatment plan for your #RoadtoRecovery. What type of arthritis am I experiencing? The Arthritis Foundation states that there are over 100 different types of arthritis. However, the two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Sources:ArthritisFoundation: “What IsArthritis?”ArthritisFoundation: “ArthritisandDiseases thatAffect theBack.”
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