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CARVE THE TURKEYWITHOUT OSTEOARTHRITIS PAIN
As we all age, our bodies experience a certain “wear and tear” on cartilage and joints. This can cause inflammation and pain, known as arthritis. According to the American Arthritis Foundation, osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and tends to develop in people as they age. It can certainly take a toll on your body, resulting in achy or painful joints after exercise, after a long day on your feet, or even after prolonged periods of inactivity, thus causing joints to constrict. 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, contact Advanced Rehabilitation today! One of our dedicated physical therapists would be happy to meet with you to discuss pain relief strategies. Brandi Lahbart, PT
Why do we experience osteoarthritis? While it is true that osteoarthritis is most common in older folks, that is not always necessarily the case. It is possible that osteoarthritis can present 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. The likelihood of developing osteoarthritis is dependent upon the physical and nutritional lifestyles in which you partake. Joint alignment can change 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 of osteoarthritis are: • Joint pain. • Swelling or tenderness in or around the joint(s). • Inflammation or flare-ups of pain in the joint(s) after use. • Feeling stiff after sitting or lying down for prolonged periods of time, especially when getting up in the morning. • Crepitus - also referred to as a “cracking or crunching” feeling when moving the joint(s), or the sound of bone rubbing on bone.
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