Learning About Osteoarthritis

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					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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Description: Learn about the symptoms and the people that deal with this disease.