Osteoarthritis: What It Is, Symptoms and Treatments

Osteoarthritis - sometimes called “wear and tear” arthritis or degenerative arthritis What is Osteoarthritis (OA)? 

An Osteoarthritis  is probably the best-known form of arthritis, which is sometimes called “wear and tear” arthritis or degenerative arthritis. It is the form of arthritis most common in older people, generally developing in the over 50s. Developing osteoarthritis can be seen as an inevitable part of ageing, hence the wear and tear description. However this is not quite true as osteoarthritis is different from the standard aches and pains everyone suffers with age. Osteoarthritis can also affect younger people, brought on as a result of injury. 

what are the symtons of Osteoarthritis (OA)

As with all forms of arthritis, symptoms can include inflammation, pain and stiffness of the joints. It most often occurs in the knees, hips, spine and small joints of the hands and toes. In joints with osteoarthritis the repair function of the joint stops working, and the joint cartilage becomes damaged and worn. When the joint moves this can result in the two bones rubbing together, causing pain, and the lack of cartilage makes it more difficult to move the joint.

Many people think that osteoarthritis is always serious and once you have it, it just becomes worse and worse. However this isn't always the case. In many people it can be mild, you can have good and bad days (many people say their arthritis gets worse when the weather changes) and it can be managed. For some people the pain and deterioration can be worse, and joint replacement surgery may be required at some point.

how to treat symptoms of Osteoarthritis (OA) 
There is no cure for osteoarthritis, but symptoms can be managed so that it has less impact on your life.

Obesity can put extra pressure on joints, particularly in the lower back, hips and knees, and losing weight can significantly help to relieve symptoms (even if you are just a few lbs heavier than your ideal weight).

Keeping the joint active will help, as this helps to strengthen the muscles around the joint, giving it extra support. Stretches, walking and swimming are good forms of exercise that most people can manage.

Tower Health's natural Osteoarthritis (OA) Treatments  
Painkillers can help alleviate the pain, and if your arthritis is more severe your doctor may prescribe stronger non-steroidal anti inflammatory pills or other arthritis medications. These can have side effects for long-term use and aren't suitable for everyone so some people use natural alternative arthritis treatments. These include joint supplements such as Nutriplex and topical creams to massage the affected joint.

TENS therapy devices use small electrical impulses to block pain signals to the brain and are also beneficial for many arthritis sufferers. Take a look at Tower Heath's range of clinically proven home TENS devices, such as the Pain Gone Pen, to find out more about how these could help you.