There is an old saying that we all can count on in life – one is death & the other is taxes. There is a third that most of us can count on in life is ARTHRITIS. It’s true approximately 80% of people in India. Over 50 years of age suffer to some extent with the most common type of arthritis called osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative arthritis.
You are probably much too familiar with the symptoms of early morning stiffness, mildly swollen joints, and joint pain. Osteoarthritis is by far the most common chronic degenerative disease, affecting men & women alike, it can involve every joint in the body, including the neck and lower back. As arthritis gets worse, it can cause significant discomfort, pain, and even disability.
Osteoarthritis is mainly a degeneration of the cartilage in the joint. But it can also involve the synovial lining (the lining of the joint) and the underlying bone. As the cartilage begins to wear down, it causes increased stress to the bone. In response to this intensified stress, the body actually becomes denser. It is very common to see bone spurs forming around the joint as a result.
You may have heard a family member or friend say he needs to have a joint replaced because he has “bone on bone”. What he is really saying is that the cartilage (the cushion) of his joint is entirely gone. Since degenerative arthritis primarily involves the weight-bearing joint (hips & knees), repeatedly mechanical stress caused by excessive weight, trauma, or activity is a contributor to the development and progression of this disease.