Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, leading to pain and stiffness in the joints. Most common in those who are middle aged, it is also known as wear and tear arthritis. However, rather than being caused by wear and tear, scientists have now recognised it as a disease of the joints.
If you are suffering with Osteoarthritis, there are several treatment options available. Here, you will learn more about the condition and the treatments on offer.
Osteoarthritis and its causes
Osteoarthritis is a common and often painful condition. It mostly occurs later in life as the result of wear and tear, and it can impact any joint of the body. The knees, hands, neck, hips and lower back tend to be most commonly affected.
There are numerous factors which can contribute towards the development of Osteoarthritis. These include age, joint injury, obesity, overuse, genes, sex, and weak muscles.
What effects can it have on your health?
Osteoarthritis can have a significant impact on your general health and wellbeing. If you develop it within the hip, you will typically experience pain within the buttocks or groin area. If it develops the knee, a scraping feeling can occur as you walk. The pain and discomfort can lead to issues with mobility.
The longer the condition is left untreated, the worse the symptoms become. Pain in the affected joint can start to interfere with your sleep and this can ultimately have a negative impact on your mental health. Many patients find Osteoarthritis to be a debilitating disease, greatly reducing their quality of life.
It is important to note however, that not all patients experience symptoms. Similarly, not everyone will develop Osteoarthritis in their lifetime.
What are your osteoarthritis treatment options?
Currently, there is no cure for Osteoarthritis. However, the good news is there are a lot of ways you can manage it. Lifestyle changes, supportive therapies, and medications can all help to reduce the symptoms.
Regular exercise can help to keep you active and build up strength in your muscles. It can also help you to lose weight, which will help to relieve the symptoms. If you experience a lot of pain, medications such as paracetamol and NSAIDs may be prescribed.
In severe cases, surgery may be required. This will largely be the case if the joint has been severely damaged. In some patients, MBST may be an ideal treatment solution. By stimulating the cartilage cells, the treatment can encourage joint repair. A treatment programme will comprise of either seven or nine sessions, depending on the type of condition you have. Ideally, the sessions will take place on consecutive working days. A session lasts around an hour.
To find out whether MBST could be an effective solution for your Osteoarthritis, book a consultation today. There are lots of ways the condition can be successfully managed. If MBST isn’t a suitable option, a joint replacement may be recommended.