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Start Your New Year With Arthritis Pain Relief!
As we all age, our bodies experience a certain “wear and tear” on cartilage and joints.Thiscancause inflammationandpain,knownasarthritis.According to the AmericanArthritisFoundation,Osteoarthritis isthemostcommonformofarthritis, making itself apparent in people as they age. It can certainly take a toll on one’s body, resulting in achy or painful joints after exercise, after a long day on one’s feet,orevenafterprolongedperiodsof inactivity, thuscausing joints toconstrict. The most common areas of Osteoarthritis are found in the fingers, hips, knees, and spine. These are all joints that we use excessively, even in our daily lives. Just think - by the time you lift yourself out of bed, shower, brush your teeth, eat breakfast, and prepare to begin your day, you’ve already used these joints a multitude of times. Therefore, it isn’t surprising that pain can occur in them over time. If you believe you may be experiencing Osteoarthritis, give one of our physical therapists a call today to discuss pain relief. WHAT CAUSES OSTEOARTHRITIS? While it is true that Osteoarthritis is most common in older folks, that is not alwaysnecessarily thecase. It ispossible thatOsteoarthritiscanpresent itself in
younger adults, especially if they are prone to weak joints, poor dieting, or if they aren’t very active. Your cartilage works hard to protect your joints by absorbing the natural shocks that your body experiences on a daily basis.Therefore, much of your likelihood regarding Osteoarthritis is dependent upon the physical and nutritional lifestyles you partake in. Joint alignment can alter and the muscles around a joint can weaken over time, causing the cartilage to shift or thin. As cartilage wears down, Osteoarthritis becomes much more common. As Osteoarthritis progresses, more symptoms can arise. The most common symptoms are: • Joint pain. • Swellingor tenderness inoraround the joint(s). • Inflammation or flare-ups of pain in the joint(s) after use.
• Crepitus, also referred to as a “crackingorcrunching”feelingwhen moving the joint(s), or the sound of bone rubbing on bone.
• Feeling stiff after sitting or laying down forprolongedperiodsof time, especially when getting up in the morning.
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