Osteoarthritis is a common disease that affects approximately 27 million Americans. Sufferers of this type of arthritis may experience deterioration of the joint’s cartilage over time. If the cartilage is worn down with no intervention, the bone can grind directly against another bone. This may cause pain.
Osteoarthritis usually occurs in weight-bearing joints, like the spine, knees and hips.
Many also experience osteoarthritis in the fingers and hands. Osteoarthritis typically affects individuals over 60 years old, but it can occur in anyone at any age. If you are in a career that requires motion or you’re an athlete, you may be at a higher risk of developing osteoarthritis.
Some common symptoms of osteoarthritis include:
- Achiness or soreness in the joints, especially when moving around
- Feeling stiffness in the joint after a rest period
- Joint swelling
- Enlargement in the middle and end of the joint that feels “bony,” especially in the fingers
- Pain after overuse of the joint
There are several factors and causes that can put an individual at a higher risk of developing osteoarthritis, which can include:
- Joint injury
- Repetitive motion on the joint
- Bone deformity
- Old age
- Certain diseases such as diabetes
- Gender (osteoarthritis is more commonly found in women)
If you are at risk or have any osteoarthritis symptoms, it is important to speak with a doctor so you can be diagnosed and a treatment plan can be developed. Osteoarthritis is best treated sooner rather than later to prevent further damage.
Many of our patients seek alternatives to taking pain medication and undergoing surgery. Masking pain with medications will not treat the underlying disease, and surgery may cause unexpected side effects. We have alternative, non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical options to help you relieve pain associated with osteoarthritis.
These injections introduce growth factors and healing compounds in areas of tissue damage and aids the body’s healing cells by supplying the building blocks needed to encourage tissue healing. It comes with minimal side effects and complications.
If you are tired of suffering from osteoarthritis pain that is preventing you from enjoying your life, call (208) 887-6791 today if you live in the Boise, Nampa, Meridian area.