Of all the forms of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most common, resulting from the natural aging process and wear and tear on the tissues in the joints. While it’s possible for this condition to exist in any joint in the body, it is most common the hips, knees, spine, and hands. There is no known way to completely reverse the condition, but it is possible to treat it to ease the worst of its symptoms and slow its progress. Your pain management doctor in Las Vegas, NV at the Khavkin Clinic has been providing support and treatment for this condition for years, and is available for appointments.
What Exactly Is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage in the joints wears down over time. When the condition first occurs it presents as inflammation of the cartilage in the joints. Over time the condition will worsen, and the inflammation will lead to deterioration of the cartilage resulting in the bones in the joint rubbing together, leading to greater pain. In some cases, bone spurs may occur in the joint leading to greater pain.
What Symptoms Indicate The Presence Of Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis can begin as a barely noticeable condition that steadily worsens over time, meaning it can go undiagnosed and untreated for some time before it gets discovered. As the condition can be treated in a way that will prolong the time it takes to advance if caught early enough, it’s important to remain alert to possible warning signs that will let you know osteoarthritis may be happening.
- Pain: Joints suffering from osteoarthritis will be painful either during or after use.
- Tenderness: When pressure is applied to the joint it may be tender.
- Stiffness: Joints may be stiff first thing in the morning, or after inactivity.
- Loss of Flexibility: Osteoarthritis often results in some loss of range of motion.
- Grating Sensation: A grating sensation may be present when the joints in use.
- Bone Spurs: While not visible to the eye, x-rays may reveal the presence of bone spurs.
In the event that you are experiencing symptoms like these, it may be time to contact your physician and ask about testing for osteoarthritis. Remember, the sooner you catch this condition the better your treatment options will be.
What Causes Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a condition faced by patients with increasing frequency as they get older. Osteoarthritis is caused by the degradation of the slippery tissue that allows the joint to function with almost no friction. The surface of this cartilage can become rough in the early stages of the condition, deteriorating completely in the later ones causing bone on bone friction. The following things can indicate a risk of this condition:
- Aging: As we age incidence of this concern increases.
- Sex: This condition is more prevalent in women.
- Obesity: Extra weight causes extra strain on the joints.
- Occupation: Certain occupations cause additional strain and wear and tear on the joints.
- Genetics: Evidence suggests genetic heritage may cause an increased risk.
- Bone Deformities: Those with joints that are malformed or with defective cartilage are more prone.
If you feel you may be experiencing symptoms of osteoarthritis it would be wise to contact Dr. Yevgeniy Khavkin as soon as possible to discuss treatment options. Remember, the sooner that you catch osteoarthritis the more likely you’ll be able to extend the time you can live comfortably with this concern.