This term has been constantly used by healthcare professionals, especially when a patient is looking for help from a joint pain that they are experiencing. Typically, you would find that this diagnosis was given to people over the age of 70, but now, you could see this diagnosis with people in their 40’s! To put it plain and simple, Osteoarthritis is a normal occurrence in which the body adds more bone to a particular joint/s to help us have more protection to reduce the impact from everyday stressors such as sitting, stairs, walking, running, etc. The protection that the body automatically does is great, however, if it progresses for too long this will come at a price, which is usually severe stiffness and pain. Therefore, everyone will get this so-called diagnosis but the most important question is, to what extent. There are three main category that you will find that comes with this term, which is: mild, moderate and severe.
Mild Osteoarthritis would be the normal response that everyone will get throughout life which mainly happens over the age of 30. This is nothing to worry about you wouldn’t even know you have it. However, if you have been given this as a diagnosis, all this means you need to do is strengthen the particular joint that you are having a problem with.
Moderate Osteoarthritis is the turning point. If you are experiencing any pain in a particular joint, this is your body telling you that it needs more help. This is because you are doing too much impact without any added support. The additional support would be from your muscles! Muscles activation and strengthening are one of the key components to stop the progression of your body taking over for you. Its main role is to surrounds the joint and protect it if from any impact by acting as a shock absorber to reduce the pressure directly going into the joints. They also give the joint a healthy supply of blood to keep the joint working smoothly and nourished as well as helps to get rid of toxins through other channels. Therefore, muscle activity and strengthening are crucial at this stage, but why wait until now.
Severe Osteoarthritis the point of no return. This is the stage where your body has done all it can to protect your joint and now there is no more space for more bone to grow. In addition, due to the added bone formation, this will reduce the natural lubrication that the joint provides which will lead you constantly feeling stiff and in pain. Generally, at this stage surgery would be recommended depending on assessing risks factors and weighing up the pros and con to the quality of life.
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