Learning About Osteoarthritis If you are an older individual living with osteoarthritis, life can sometimes seem extremely difficult. Activities that you could once do with ease are now surprisingly difficult, and your mobility is greatly reduced. But what actually is osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis is a disease that involves the degradation of the joints in the body. Symptoms There are many different symptoms that can lead to people finding out that they have osteoarthritis. The most common and obvious symptom is pain in the joints. This pain in the joints usually makes it so people can’t move their joints very much, which can be very frustrating. Stiffness in the joints is also very common, which also contributes to overall reduced mobility. People with osteoarthritis usually describe the pain that they feel in their joints as a sharp and shooting pain or ache. People suffering from osteoarthritis have unfortunately also described the pain from their joints feeling like it has traveled to the muscles and tendons surrounding the affected joints. This knowledge can help us to see how pervasive and debilitating osteoarthritis can be. It starts in the joints, but osteoarthritis can affect many other parts of the body as well. If you are currently living with osteoarthritis, you may feel frustrated and even scared. You probably do not have as much mobility as you used to, and you are not able to move around as quickly or as often as you would like. Perspective Living with osteoarthritis is often difficult, and sadly, the condition usually does not get better. What people with osteoarthritis say, however, is that if they change their perspective on their disease, they have a much easier time dealing with the pain, stress, and adverse effects. Helen Keller once said, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” This quote basically means that you can’t just sit around and hope to become a better person. Living with trials and problems (like osteoarthritis) help us to become more refined and better people. Trials and problems help us to learn, develop, and grow. If we did not have to go through hard things, we would not grow. One of the hardest things that one can go through with osteoarthritis is effusion. Effusion is presence of too much fluid around a joint, usually around the knee. Effusion results in swelling of the kneecap and much pain. Much research has been done about the causes of osteoarthritis. One of the most salient research findings has shown that siblings are more likely to both have the disease of osteoarthritis. This finding suggests that osteoarthritis has a hereditary basis, which means that it is most often carried through families. Many individuals who struggle with osteoarthritis find that they need a knee or hip replacement in order to continue living their lives. If you need a knee replacement doctor, Hofmann Arthritis Institute has several that can help you. Meet with a knee replacement doctor today to find out if knee replacement surgery is the right choice for your osteoarthritis.
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