Osteoarthritis symptoms

Some people report severe osteoarthritis symptoms such as debilitating pain, especially osteoarthritis knee pain often occurring when there is a change in the weather due to cold temperatures, high humidity, or a drop in barometric pressure.

Osteoarthritis strikes with a force that only a fellow sufferer can understand. There area good days, and 'not so good' days. A friend of mine once told me -"Getting old is not for sissy's, you got to be tough if you're gonna put up with the pain."

Osteoarthritis affects approximately 52 million people in the US, about 12 million in the UK, and 3 million people in Australia. It occurs most commonly in people over 40, and becomes apparent when the cartilage at the ends of our joints wear down over a period of time, destroying the synovial joint, and eventually resulting in bone to bone contact.

Advanced osteoarthritis sufferers may hear a crackling, or popping noise in the joint known as 'crepitus' which occurs when the joint lacks synovial fluid. The joint may also fragment as bone 'breaks off' resulting in crepitus bursitis (spurs or 'floaty bits'). Occasionally the joint may fill with fluid as a result of the rupturing of the synovial lining.

Osteoarthritis symptoms may generally include stiffness, joint pain, inflammation of the immediate area, and from personal experience, just an aching all over. Often localised muscle tissue may atrophy (wither) resulting in a loss of strength and ligaments or tendons become more relaxed.

Osteoarthritis Causes:

  • General aging: ~  As we become older our bodies begin to resist absorption of vitamins and minerals and the risk of contracting some type of arthritis increases.
  • Occupational: ~  Undertalking of a repetitive task may cause RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) which may later develop into osteoarthritis.
  • Obesity: ~  Carrying extra body weight than is necessary places added stress on weight-bearing joints often presenting as osteoarthritis knee pain.
  • Prior Injuries: ~  Sporting injuries (knees, neck & shoulder) are a common cause of osteo.
  • Gender: ~  Women are more prone to contract osteoarthritis than men, and there is a higher risk in post menopausal women this being due to a hormonal change.
  • Existing Diseases: ~  Diabetes, gout, an under active thyroid or Paget's disease may also trigger the onset of osteoarthritis.

In order to alleviate your osteoarthritis symptoms it may be necessary to make some lifestyle changes including diet. Although these changes may be difficult to commence, try and do something each day. Avoid high impact exercises such as jogging and contact sport, and try to center on a more gentle form of exercise such as Tai Chi, or Pilates.

Diet modifications will also be of benefit especially if you are able to reduce your intake of acidic foods such as red meat. Try to eat foods with a low GI (Glycemic Index), this will help make your body more alkaline. The Nutribullet is a great way to get you moving again, uses the low GI diet and if you've been wondering about it and how it works, then read this review.

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Also talk with your doctor about undertaking X-rays and if necessary a MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). Your doctor may also suggest a blood test to check C-reactive protein levels and to rule out rheumatoid arthritis.


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