According to a recent study published in The Lancet Rheumatology, by 2050, nearly 1 billion people could be dealing with osteoarthritis. Today, 15% of people aged 30 and above are already affected by the condition globally.
Here, we explore the latest findings, why Osteoarthritis is a growing problem, and how it is best treated.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis, commonly referred to as ‘wear and tear’ arthritis, is a degenerative joint condition that affects millions worldwide. It develops when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones wears down over time.
As the cartilage deteriorates, the bones can begin to rub against each other, causing pain, swelling, and stiffness. Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint, but commonly affects the hands, knees, hips, and spine.
Various factors can increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis, including age, genetics, previous joint injuries, obesity, and overuse of certain joints. Over time, the condition can impair movement and even lead to joint damage.
Recognising and managing osteoarthritis early can help control pain, stay active, and maintain a good quality of life.
Exploring the Findings of the Latest Study
The latest study analysed osteoarthritis data over a period of 30 years. Researchers discovered that the number of people with the condition has seen a dramatic rise due to ageing, an increased population, and higher levels of obesity.
In 1990, 256 million had Osteoarthritis, and this number more than doubled to 595 million by 2020. By 2050, we could see close to 1 billion people with the condition.
The data also revealed women are more affected by the condition than men. In 2020, out of everyone with osteoarthritis, 61% were women and 39% were men. Scientists think reasons like genes, hormones, and body structure could explain this difference.
Obesity is another big reason for the increase in cases. According to the data, if we could reduce obesity worldwide, we could lower osteoarthritis cases by around 20%. In 1990, obesity caused 16% of the osteoarthritis-related problems and by 2020, this number grew to 20%.
Arthritis Treatment with MBST
MBST is an innovative arthritis treatment. It focuses on stimulating the affected cartilage cells using magnetic fields, aiming to promote natural repair and regeneration within the joints.
Unlike traditional treatments that often focus on treating the symptoms, MBST addresses the root cause by encouraging the body’s natural healing abilities. The treatment is also painless and non-invasive, which means no surgeries or injections are involved.
Patients undergoing MBST often report a reduction in pain and enhanced joint mobility, making daily activities more comfortable.
The therapy sessions are typically relaxed. Patients sit or lie down in the MBST device, which resembles an MRI machine, allowing the targeted magnetic fields to work on the affected area.
The duration and frequency of treatment sessions can vary based on individual needs and the severity of the osteoarthritis.
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