The Mysteries of Osteoarthritis Revealed
Q: What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a disease that destroys the cartilage contained on the bones’ joints. The bones need a healthy amount of cartilage to allow for the bones to slide against each other easily and painlessly. If the cartilage is deteriorating, the bones will be able to rub against each other and this causes pain to the sufferer. Other symptoms are swelling of the joints and the inability to move as much as they used to.
Q: What is the difference between osteoarthritis and degenerative arthritis?
There is no difference between these two types of arthritis. Degenerative arthritis is another way of saying that the joints are deteriorating and causing the symptoms described above. It can also go by the name of ‘wear and tear’ arthritis.
Q: What are the signs of osteoarthritis?
Some of the signs that someone may have degenerative arthritis are that the pain becomes worse as they use their joints. They may notice that the pain is worse in the evening hours. As the condition is allowed to deteriorate, people may even begin to feel the pain when they are resting the joints.
Q: What are the causes of this condition?
Several factors have been identified as the causes of degenerative arthritis. They include being obese, aging, experiencing an injury directly to the joint, having joints that are malformed, a defect in the genes that causes the cartilage to degenerate, and performing movements that cause stress on the joint, such as performing certain jobs and playing sports.
Q: What is the treatment for osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis treatment consists of taking pain relievers and possibly having surgery, but there are also many supplemental remedies that people have found to be helpful. Niacinamide has been shown to reduce pain and swelling in the joints. Patients have also been given exercise plans that will help with osteoarthritis pain relief. If they are overweight, degenerative arthritis patients are advised to lose weight, and may be given a plan to help them do so.
Q: What are some of the medicines people can take?
Those who are not in severe pain can take acetaminophen. The limitation is that is only effective for osteoarthritis pain relief. The alternative is to take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that will control the pain as well as the inflammation. Common forms of NSAIDs are Aleve, Advil, and Motrin. Those with the most debilitating pain may need to take a narcotic.