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Osteoarthritis: What is It?

Knee PainOsteoarthritis is the main cause of arthritis. It most often develops from the age of forty-fifty and affects more particularly women and people with a family history.

However, it can appear at any age as a result of an injury, or associated with another joint condition, such as gout or rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is a mechanical pathology that is caused by the natural deterioration of cartilage due to aging and wear, in most cases. It begins by affecting the cartilage tissues of the joints.

This makes movement more difficult than usual, causes pain and stiffness: once the cartilaginous tissues begin to roughen and thin out, the tendons and ligaments in the joints work harder. This causes swelling and the formation of bony growths called osteophytes, visible on X-rays.

Severe loss of cartilage can cause friction between two bones, which impairs the functioning of the joint and forces the bones to assume an abnormal position.

The most affected joints are those of the hands, spine, knees and hips. Osteoarthritis has the effect of limiting the mobility of the joint and the surrounding tissues (ligaments, tendons, muscles) are over-stressed in compensation and therefore contract, intensifying the pain.

Mobilization by the chiropractor of the affected joints can improve mobility and limit pain.

Yours in Health

Marine HELIP D.C.
Doctor of Chiropractic

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