Osteoarthritis Joint Pain Fact Sheet
Osteoarthritis is also known as a degenerative joint disease, or osteoarthritis, is one of the most common forms of arthritis. It occurs when the cartilage located within your joints breaks down over time and can sideline a bodybuilder’s or athlete’s career for good.
Every joint in your body has the ability of being affected by osteoarthritis. Typically however, it more often than not affects the joints that are found in your hips, hands, knees, and spine. Only one joint is typically affected but with some cases, like involving finger arthritis, many joints can be.
The symptoms of osteoarthritis usually begin to increase overt ime and unfortunately, no cure exists yet – but treatments do. These treatments don’t fix the damage that osteoarthritis causes, but they do help you relieve the pain brought on by osteoarthritis and help you remain active. It is important to take proactive measures to combat osteoarthritis if you believe you have it. It will more able allow you to fight the pain and to keep doing the activities that you love. (also see tendonitis treatment page)
Osteoarthritis takes place when the cushioning cartilage found at the ends of every bone in your body’s joints begins to wear down, deteriorating and becoming less effective over time. The once smooth surface of the cartilage begins to turn rough, causing irritation. Unfortunately, if left untreated overtime this cartilage wears down completely and disappears – this leaves bone rubbing on bone when you move your joints and this causes your bones to become damaged and brittle, with your joints providing you with pain in every motion you take.
While there are many causes of osteoarthritis, it’s hard to pinpoint them to specific cases. The condition normally comes from a wide variety of factors, with the most common ones being overweight, joint injury or stress (working out, exercising, etc) aging, hereditary, and muscle weakness. With several of the above contributed to exercising improperly or not at all, it should demonstrate the importance of regularly working out properly and having a balanced diet.
The symptoms will normally start slow, while worsening overtime. Signs that you might have osteoarthritis include pain, stiffness in the joint, loss of flexibility, swelling, and bone spurs. In addition, these symptoms will normally occur in the areas like the knees, hips, hands, and spine.
And while you may have osteoarthritis in other areas, you normally won’t have symptoms such as these in the shoulder, jaw, elbows, wrists, or ankles.
While there isn’t a cure for osteoarthritis, treatments have the ability to reduce pain and allow you to maintain joint movement through your daily activities. Treatment for severe forms of osteoarthritis can include joint replacement surgeries, but more simple cases of osteoarthritis are normally treated with rest, exercise, and using cold/hot pain management techniques.