What is Osteoarthritis?
Have you been in discomfort and wondered whether you have some form of arthritis? Or has a family member been diagnosed with osteoarthritis? Here I answer the question 'What is Osteoarthritis?'...
Arthritis itself isn't a 'proper' disease but an umbrella term that describes a collection of symptoms with many particular causes. Arthritis simply means inflammation of one or more joint sin the body. Arthritic pain is caused by joint inflammation and, when the cartilage that protects joints breaks down, the rubbing action when unprotected bone meets bone.
When a joint develops osteoarthritis, some of the cartilage covering the ends of the bones gradually roughens and becomes thin, and the bone underneath thickens. All the tissues within the joint become more active than normal – as if your body is trying to repair the damage.
The bone at the edge of your joint grows outwards, forming bony spurs called osteophytes.
The synovium (the inner layer of the joint capsule which produces synovial fluid) may thicken and make extra fluid. This causes your joint to swell.
The capsule and ligaments (tough bands that hold the joint together) slowly thicken and contract as if they were trying to make your joint more stable.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis effecting 8.75 million people in Britain alone, and is blamed by medicine on 'wear and tear', and wrongly viewed as an inevitable consequence of old age. There is no consensus within the medical community on the causes of any of the forms of arthritis, which is why its only response is to prescribe pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs to control the system, while the arthritis gets progressively worse and results in surgery, as the 'last stop' treatment.
Below is a short video by Arthritis Research UK entitled "What is osteoarthritis?":
I was diagnose with severe osteoarthritis in 2011. As a busy painter and decorator being able to move about, up and down ladders was crucial for my job. After a lot of trial and error, I have come up with the perfect trio of Diet, PEMF therapy and Exercise to beat my osteoarthritis. Read more about my story.
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