Osteoarthritis is arthritis that results when the flexible part, which is present at the end of the bone gets worn out due to the overuse of the joint or due to the old age. Mostly, it results due to the wear and tear of the cartilage. This discomforting condition develops when the cartilage starts accumulating more water and its protein content becomes less.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis:
In osteoarthritis, the pain in the joints affects the patient as the movement becomes difficult. Stiffness of joints may develop because the movement is not easy due to the erosion of cartilage. Also, the inflammation and swelling of the joint can be observed and movement becomes restricted. There is tenderness over the affected joints, and the joints may feel hot on touch.
Which are Major Joints That May Get Affected?
Usually, knee joints, finger joints, spine, and hip joints are some of the major joints which may get affected due to osteoarthritis.
Why Is It Different than Rheumatoid Arthritis?
There exists a significant difference between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis. The main difference is that Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, which means our very own immunity works against us and causes disease. And, Osteoarthritis is mainly resulting due to the wear and tear of joints due to their overuse which occurs mostly during the old age.
Diagnosis of Osteoarthritis:
Osteoarthritis can be diagnosed by doing an X-ray, MRI scan, and ruling out RA by doing blood tests for RA factor.
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Management of Osteoarthritis:
With some simple practices and tips, you can manage osteoarthritis. Here are some tips for you to follow if you happen to suffer from osteoarthritis.
- Doing light exercises may help in relieving some symptoms of Osteoarthritis, as exercise strengthens muscles and ligaments around joints giving it more stability.
- Hot and cold fomentation can relieve the pain and swelling resulting due to osteoarthritis.
- Taking vitamin D supplements can help because it helps to absorb calcium.
Treatment of Osteoarthritis:
There is no cure for Osteoarthritis, but we can give symptomatic relief and control further damage.
Homeopathy has very good medicines that control all the symptoms of Osteoarthritis and also prevent further damage. Osteoarthritis disrupts daily routine because of the pain and stiffness in joints. Homeopathy makes day-to-day living easy by relieving the symptoms. With detailed case analysis, homeopathic medicines are prescribed that covers overall symptoms of the patient.
At Life Force Homeopathy, we have several cases of Osteoarthritis that have been treated effectively and many have found relief in their symptoms without any side-effects.
So, if you happen to suffer from osteoarthritis any time, count on homeopathy without a second thought and improve your quality of life.
- Written by Dr. Shilpa Vanarase, Associate doctor to Dr. Rajesh Shah