Osteoarthritis and Treatments



There are many types of diseases and ailments that can affect us as we age. One of the things that we could possibly suffer from is arthritis. Arthritis literally translates from the Greek phrase meaning “pain in the joints” and can cause very uncomfortable symptoms such as joint destruction, inflammation, fever, impaired movement, warming sensations in the joints, lack of sleep, sausage-like swelling in the fingers and toes, stiffness, and tenderness.

There are many different types of arthritis, over 100 types in fact. One of the most common forms of arthritis is called osteoarthritis. This type of arthritis is derives its name from the Greek word “osteo” which means bone and is also known as degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease. Over 27 million people in America are afflicted with osteoarthritis, and women are three times as likely to get it then men are. It can be a very painful disease and some of the osteoarthritis symptoms include swelling, stiffness, joint locking, inability to sleep, inflammation and tenderness. This disease attacks the hands, feet, spine, knees and hips. Osteoarthritis can also affect your smaller joints, such as the fingers and toes and form large, bony enlargements on these small body parts.

It is possible to manage your osteoarthritis with simple changes in your lifestyle. All you need is some proper arthritis information to help you deal with the disease. Some of the treatment options include injections, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and pain medication. You can also change your diet and exercise routine to improve your life. Talk to the experienced staff at Limbrel to help you figure out which treatment options are best for you. Maybe you want to go the tradition route and use medication or injections or take a more holistic approach and use magnets, yoga, massage, acupuncture or chiropractics.

Just be sure to remember that simply because you have osteoarthritis does not mean your life is over. You are perfectly capable of leading a happy and healthy life full of new experiences and unforgettable memories. You will love being able to manage your pain and participate fully in life again. Your arthritis is not the end of the world and you will be able to do work, play with your grandkids, and take those trips that you have always dreamed of taking. You will be able to live your life and be very, very happy