Suffering From Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition and while it can occur in anyone, it has been found to affect about 50% of people over the age of 65. With so many people suffering in Surprise from this condition, it has put an economic strain on our health care system costing over $10,000,000 per year. In addition to the massive amount of money spent on osteoarthritis, the disease has been cited as the number one cause of disability in older adults.
Understanding Osteoarthritis in Surprise AZ
As mentioned above, osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that typically results from excessive wear and tear on certain joints. The degeneration associated with this disease primarily affects the cartilage that covers the bones in the joints throughout our bodies. Osteoarthritis decreases the cartilage’s ability to absorb stress causing it to degenerate faster. As the cartilage degenerates, surrounding stabilizing and supporting structures such as ligaments, tendons, and muscles are overworked often resulting pain. In the late stages of osteoarthritis, bones may even begin to push against each other causing more pain and degeneration. While this disease process can sound frightening and unavoidable, it is important to understand that you can prevent its development and Array Medical Center Surprise has the most up-to-date treatment and preventive measures available.
Osteoarthritis has a predisposition to effect joints that are commonly overworked and overused. These are typically weight bearing joints in the body that have sustained repeated amounts of heavy stress. Therefore, the knees, hips, neck, lower back, big toes, and hands are most affected. However, osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body. Joints that have had serious trauma or repeated micro-stress due to repetitive labor and movement are more prone to the development of osteoarthritis.
Symptoms Associated with Osteoarthritis
Varying degrees of joint pain that are worse with movement
Pain with joint movement that is worse after rest
Swelling and joint enlargement in the joints
Pain that travels from the hip to the groin
Pain that travels down the thighs
Aching or stabbing pain in the knees
Pain in these joints that is worse with cold weather
Pain in these joints during jogging or running
Osteoarthritis Treatments at Array Medical Center Surprise
Our primary focus of care will be to restore the normal alignment of joints throughout the body. It has been demonstrated through animal and human studies that bones that are not in their proper positions are more likely to degenerate faster and therefore are more prone to the development of osteoarthritis. Since our office looks at all aspects of health, our treatment programs will include various forms of rehabilitation therapy, nutritional, and supplemental advice. These forms of treatment have been shown in various studies to prevent and slow the development of osteoarthritis.
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