What is Osteoarthritis?
As a person grows old, his or her bones grow old as well. The advancing years take a toll on the bones, especially the knees. It is quite natural as we age to have an odd creaking knee. This is because the lubricating fluid that helps the proper functioning of the knee joint dries up causing the bones to clash against each other. This could cause the chipping of the bones in the knee joint causing excruciating pain to the person. This degeneration of the knee joint is known as ‘Osteoarthritis’.
What causes Osteoarthritis?
Old age is a primary cause of osteoarthritis. Obesity is also a cause as the knee joints gets affected due to heavy loadand have to work harder thereby causing the fluid to dry up earlier resulting in Osteoarthritis.
It is not that Osteoarthritis affects the knees alone. It can affect other areas of the body as well such as the fingers, lower back, and the hips as well. However, most knee problems happen due to OA than the other forms of Osteoarthritis.
OA also affects people who have one leg of a different length from the other. This is because of the extra effort , exerted on one leg causing the knee joint to degenerate faster.
How does Osteoarthritis affect us?
As Osteoarthritis progresses, it means have to endure tremendous pain. Completing easy tasks such as climbing stairs would be difficult. In fact, climbing onto your bed would be a tough task. The most common method of treatment people adopt is the use of painkillers. Painkillers can relieve the problem for a while. However, they can offer temporary relief alone. In addition, the painkillers can cause a host of other problems as well such as acidity, etc, they can cause problems to your digestive system and thus affect your kidneys as well.
Hence, the need of the hour would be to adopt a permanent kind of a treatment such as a knee replacement surgery. You can try out alternate methods of treatment as well such as injections which offer temporary relief but for complete relief, bilateral knee replacement or total knee replacement or a unilateral or single knee replacement may be the only option.
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