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Osteoarthritis

By | 2017-09-05T06:11:23+00:00 November 24th, 2014|Knee Pain, Luke Anthony, Pain|

 Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is most likely to develop in people aged over 45 years, although it can occur in younger people. Many people will develop symptoms as they age. A joint is a structure that allows movement at the meeting point of two bones. Cartilage is a firm cushion that covers the ends of the two bones, absorbing shock and enabling the bones to glide smoothly over each other. The joint is wrapped inside a tough capsule filled with synovial fluid. This fluid lubricates the cartilage and other structures in the joint and keeps it moving smoothly. In osteoarthritis, the cartilage becomes brittle and breaks down. Some pieces of cartilage may even break away and float around inside the synovial fluid. Deterioration of cartilage can lead to degeneration in the joint. Eventually, the cartilage can break down so much that it no longer cushions the two bones. Symptoms of osteoarthritis The symptoms of osteoarthritis can vary from one person to the next. Some of the more common symptoms include: stiffness joint pain muscle weakness. Joints affected by osteoarthritis All joints can be affected by osteoarthritis. Most commonly, it is the weight-bearing joints that are affected, including: knees – sometimes due to an old injury hips – older people are most at risk spine – in the neck or lower back. hands – usually the end finger joints. Risk factors for osteoarthritis The cause of osteoarthritis is unclear, but some risk factors have been identified. These include: being overweight or obese a family history of osteoarthritis a previous injury, significant trauma or overuse of the joint. Diagnosis of osteoarthritis If you are experiencing joint pain, it is important [...]