Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects your joints. It means that the surfaces of your joints become damaged so the joint doesn’t move as smoothly as it should. It is commonly described as ‘wear and tear’ disease because although normal activity and exercise don’t cause osteoarthritis, doing very hard activities over and over or carrying out physically demanding jobs can increase your risk. Other potential risk factors are if you’re in your late 40s or older, you are overweight or you are female.
Osteoarthritis is by far the most common form of joint disease, affecting people all over the world and at least 8 million people in the UK according to Arthritis Research UK. Symptoms of osteoarthritis can include pain, stiffness, a grating or grinding sensation when you move the joint, and soft or hard swellings. It is often slow to develop so years after the symptoms start it may remain the same, or it may even improve. However as a degenerative disorder there is no known cure and so interventions focus on management of the pain associated with the disease. The standard treatment is medication in the form of analgesics (painkillers) or for more severe forms of the disease, NSAIDS (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Other treatments include physiotherapy steroid injections and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). In extreme cases osteoarthritis can lead to mobility problems that require surgical interventions.
These therapeutic approaches are readily available on the National Health Service and a great deal of money is invested in researching these traditional, medical interventions for the treatment of pain. Sufferers of chronic conditions like osteoarthritis are often encouraged to seek alternative ways of managing their pain in addition to, or sometimes instead of medical treatments. Making lifestyle changes like losing weight and getting into the habit of taking some regular, gentle exercise are common recommendations made by health professionals. Alternative non-medical interventions such as Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Osteopathy, Chiropractics and all the various herbal therapies have been found to soothe joint pain as well. Although there is comparatively much less clinical evidence for the effectiveness of these approaches largely, it might be said because there is much less research into complimentary approaches than traditional medicines – the anecdotal evidence strongly supports the success of complementary treatment approaches.
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