‘I’m afraid it’s arthritis’
‘Arthritis’ has got to be one of the most over used label’s the causes of everything from low back pain to generally feeling unwell.
When diagnosed with arthritis, many feel there is very little that can be done and they will just ‘have to live with it’ – nothing is further from the truth.
Osteopathy can significantly help pain and discomfort arising from arthritis.
What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in the UK, affecting an estimated 8.5 million people.
In people affected by osteoarthritis, the cartilage (connective tissue) between their bones gradually wastes away, leading to painful rubbing of bone on bone in the joints. The most frequently affected joints are in the hands, spine, knees and hips.
Osteoarthritis often develops in people who are over 50 years of age. However, it can develop at any age as a result of an injury or another joint-related condition.
Symptoms of arthritis
There are many different symptoms of arthritis and the symptoms you experience will vary depending on the type of arthritis you have. However, common arthritic symptoms include:
- joint pain, tenderness and stiffness
- inflammation in and around the joints
- restricted movement of the joints
- warmth and redness of the skin over the affected joint
- weakness and muscle wasting