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Symptoms

Patients suffering through Osteoarthritis have painful and stiff joints. OA patient are shackled by this deep pain gradually and this dull ache troubles while moving the joint. This pain is partially reduced by taking rest, but doesn’t go away completely. Also, people suffering through this face stuff joint in the morning after waking up. Joints feel less stiff when they are moved. With time, both pain and stiffness become almost constant.

Patients suffering QA in any of the joints in their body, tend to complaint about these symptoms commonly. Some of the highlighted ones include:

  • Patient complaint about rise of pain to worst level in cool/damp weather.
  • Many QA feel or hear crackling or popping in the affected joints (called crepitus). This is most common in the knees.
  • Many OA patients Joints enlarge or change shape. The enlarged areas are often tender to the touch.
  • In most of the QA cases the affected joints can’t move through a normal range of motion.
  • In some cases it has been noticed that joints become so unstable that they can actually move too much or in the wrong direction.

Some symptoms depend on the affected joint. Patients with knee OA may have problems with the joint locking up, especially when they are stepping up or down. Patients with OA of the hip often limp. OA of the hands can affect the strength and movement of fingers and make simple tasks such as getting dressed very difficult. OA of the spine can cause neck and low back pain as well as weakness and numbness.

Diagnosis

Osteoarthritis (OA) diagnosis process is not limited just simple X-ray process. The physicians need to make sure that which form of OA the particular patient is suffering through amongst various types of the same. Also, it is also required to make sure that whether your OA was caused by another problem or injury (secondary OA).  Even if OA is the main problem, the breakdown of cartilage may have caused problems in other parts of the joint that need to be addressed.

To know more about the type of Osteoarthritis, the physiotherapist will ask various detailed questions from you. These questions are meant to gather information about your health and activity history.

At Join Efforts Clinic, we suggest our patients to explain the nature of their pain in detail. Also, we follow the history of your health to examine the affected joints. This involves examining your posture, assessing your muscle balance and strength and determining your level of functioning in daily activities.

This helps us to figure out if your pain is curtailing from the joints themselves or some other party fo the body. X-rays will most likely be taken by your physician. Blood samples and samples of the synovial fluid in the joint may also be taken to try to identify other systemic or inflammatory problems.

Physiotherapy Treatment

There is no permanent cure for OA. But not to worry as this chronic ailment can be treated to offer impermanent yet long term relief to the patients. At Joint Efforts Physiotherapy Clinic, we aim to relieve and improve/maintain movement of your joints.

Most of the QA treatments have no particular prescription attached to them. Physiotherapy experts at Joint Efforts Physiotherapy Clinic encourage you to undertake following therapeutic steps to heal your joints:

  • Get aerobic exercise.
  • Do strengthening and range of motion exercises. These are most often taught and monitored by physical or occupational therapists.
  • Lose weight if necessary
  • Use heat and/or cold packs.
  • Tape the knee, if it is affected.
  • Wear insoles in your shoes if the lower extremity is affected.
  • Use adaptive equipment to help take pressure off your joints, such as a cane or special gadget to open jars.
  • Participate in education programs or support groups.

Though, you can take help of medications available in the marketplace to reduce the intensity of your pain. But, medications are not permanent solution and they also have side effect on human body as well. It is highly recommended to take medications, which are prescribed by doctors and that too under a strict schedule. Some of the recommended options include acetaminophen (Tylenol), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and aspirin etc.

Usage of two unique compounds named Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate has increased to reduce negative effects of QA. These two are dietary supplements and are accepted as effective medication for reducing pain and increasing joint mobility. Though, credibility of these supplements is also under the circle of doubt as they are not approved by various medical experts.

While consuming these medications to ease your pain, you need to be aware of their side effects too. Since these medications can interact with other type of medications. To avoid any blunders, it is highly recommended by our experts that you let your doctor know in detail about all the other drugs you have been consuming apart from QA drugs. This will help your doctor to set up time and schedule for your dosage.


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