What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a disease of articular cartilage. The causes are unknown. The risk factors for developing are well known.

Age is the most common risk factor. Perhaps the cause of arthritis is the cartilage just wears out. The other important risk factors are body weight and over use. Once again, perhaps they just wear out.

Osteoarthritis

Who is Affected by Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis most commonly affects women. There are almost 40 million Americans that suffer from Osteoarthritis.

The US’s exploding elderly population will increase that number to 50 million by 2020.

Osteoarthritis affects joints and wallets. Multiple doctor visits for pain relief are expensive. Operations to replace joints are very expensive.

How is it Diagnosed?

It’s easy an X-ray makes the diagnosis.

How Can I Live With Osteoarthritis?

Workout Class

That’s when the Arthritis and Wellness Institute comes in. Nutritional weight management is critical. A proper exercise program is equally important. After all, its been well said that motion is lotion for the joints.

Modern life’s tangle of stress increases the pain of arthritis. Meditation, yoga and acupuncture are well known stress management techniques.

What if I Need Surgery?

Arthroscopy for Arthritis

The National Institute of Health has recently concluded a long term study on joint replacement and concluded that it is the #2 lifestyle improvement surgery before cataract surgery.