Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disorder and cause of troubling joint pain. It's more or less due to aging resulting in wear-and-tear on a joint, tendons or the ligaments. Osteoarthritis, by far the most common form of arthritis, affects an estimated 36-million people in North America and hundreds of millions of arthritis sufferers worldwide.
Causes of Osteoarthritis and the even more serious and painful "Chronic Osteoarthritis"
Cartilage is the firm but flexible tissue cushioning your bones at the joints. It allows bones to slide smoothly over other bones. When the cartilage breaks down and wears away, the bones come in direct contact by rubbing together. This causes the pain, based on joint stiffness and swelling that's closely associated with chronic osteoarthritis.
As Chronic Osteoarthritis worsens, bone-spurs or extra bone matter may build-up and grow at the joint area. The ligaments and muscles around the joint will in all likelihood get weaker and/or stiffer as time goes by.
Up to age-54, Chronic Osteoarthritis occurs equally in men and women. However, after age-54, statistics reveal serious or severe arthritis is more common in US females compared to arthritis incidence in males.
Other health related issues may contribute to Chronic Osteoarthritis Disease.
Chronic Osteoarthritis tends to run in families, but a genetic connection is not always a valid assumption, as there are exceptions. Nevertheless, as a general rule a family health history of osteo-arthritis is frequently a valid connection.
- Being overweight increases the risk of OA in the hip, knee, foot, joints and ankles. That's basically from the extra weight causing unnecessary and additional joint wear-and-tear.
- Regarding healthy weight and exercise: Good advice we can give you about how to avoid getting osteo-arthritis in the futures due to weight-gain issues is to lose weight ASAP by starting a healthy diet now. Along with a light to moderate and consistent exercise routine being best, 6-days a week, with 1-day of rest (Sunday is a good day for your day-of-rest: Exodus 20:8-11).
With that said, in our opinion the best overall exercise for good health and longevity are low-impact ones, especially water aerobics and swimming (1-hour a day or more going at slow or moderate speed and non-intense), which physical activity may possibly stop osteo-arthritis from developing and prevent osteo-arthritic conditions from worsening, or potentially reverse arthritis pain over time.
Fractures, breaks and joint damage from injuries can lead to osteoarthritis and "chronic osteoarthritis pain" onset occurring later in life. This includes injuries to cartilage and ligaments in or near your joints.
- Working at a job involving kneeling or squatting for more than 1-hour a day which involves lifting, climbing stairs, or considerable walking increases the risk of getting Chronic Osteoarthritis.
- Playing sports which involve joint impacts (such as football), twisting (i.e. basketball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, cricket, hiking), or throwing (i.e. baseball, softball) also increases the risk of developing or worsening chronic-osteoarthritis comparatively rapidly, starting with OA early symptoms and arthritis warning symptoms and signs.
Medical conditions which can result in OsteoArthritis include:
About The Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
The Symptoms of Chronic Osteoarthritis usually appear in the middle-age years,
with almost everyone having some signs and symptoms of arthritis by age-70.
Pain, stiffness or swelling in the joints are most common pain symptoms. The pain is often worse after certain activities or when you put weight or pressure on the joint.
With Chronic Osteoarthritis, your joints may seem stiffer and harder to move as time goes by and the arthritic condition worsens over the years.
You may notice a rubbing, grating, grinding-like or a cracking sound when you move the joint.
So called morning stiffness, if you will, refers to joint-pain and stiffness felt when you wake up in the morning. Stiffness due to chronic-osteo-arthritis pain typically lasts one-half hour or less. The arthritis pain normally improves after performing light activities, thus allowing the joints to slowly "warm up."
During the day, the pain may get worse when you are most active and conversely feels better upon resting. As OA gets worse, you may have pain even when you are resting which may wake you up at night. Some people might not have symptoms, even though xrays reflect ChronicOsteoarthritis changes.
Medical Exams and Tests to Identify Osteoarthritis
A physical exam and tests may reveal these issues:
- Joint movements causing a popping, crunching or grinding-like sound
- Joint swelling (bones around the joints may feel larger vs normal)
- A limited range of motion (becoming quite painful if exceeded)
- Normal motions and movement can also be painful
- Tenderness and sensitivity when joint areas are pressed
Blood tests are not helpful in diagnosing osteo-arthritis and severe-arthritis pain, or a help with other pain conditions such as inflammation pain, chronic migraine headache pain and fibromyalgia pain.
Xrays performed for arthritis diagnostic purposes in all likelihood will reveal:
- A loss or reduction in the joint spacing
- Wearing down of the bone ending areas
- Bone spurs or a chronic gout health condition.