Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease of our joints and is one of the commonest forms of arthritis found mostly in the elderly people. It is characterised by pain and restricted movement of the affected area(s) of the body.
When should I become alert?
The development of osteoarthritis is a slow but steady process and is often not diagnosed until some confirmatory tests are done. But at times you may experience some changes in your body which should not be neglected:
- Stiffness in the muscle(s) of a body part when it is at rest.
- Pain in the joints of the body parts that are more exposed to activities.
- Swelling of the joints (it occurs mostly in the knee joints) due to accumulation of synovial fluid.
- Creaking sound while moving the joint(s) of the affected area(s).
- Swellings of the finger joints.
- Instability of the joint(s)s and a sensation of weakness in the muscles of the affected area(s)
Ways to a better living even if you have Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a disease which cannot be cured completely but still you can manage to perform your daily activities if you bring a few changes in your routine.
- Keep a check on your body weight.
- Apart from medication prescribed by your health care provider, maintain a general fitness level through diet and exercise.
- Make a plan for managing your chronic pain that includes pain relief treatment (including medication) vis-à-vis your daily activities.
Patients suffering from osteoarthritis can improve their quality of living by adopting the assistive devices available as per the recommendation of an orthopaedician.