Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis.
What is Degenerative Arthritis?
Degenerative arthritis is another term used for osteoarthritis, a chronic disorder that damages the cartilage and tissues that surround your joints. Sometimes it’s called “degenerative joint disease” or “wear and tear” arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, and affects nearly all people in some way, by age 80.
How does it happen?
Repetitive use of the joints over the years causes damage to the cartilage around your joints, leading to joint pain and swelling. Eventually, your cartilage begins to degenerate by flaking or forming tiny crevasses.
In advanced cases, there is a total loss of the cartilage cushion between the bones of the joints. Loss of this cartilage cushion causes friction between the bones, leading to pain and limiting your joint mobility.
Although osteoarthritis occurs in people of all ages, it is most common in people older than 65. In younger people, men are more prone to develop osteoarthritis due to injury; however, after age 70, prevalence is equal among the sexes. Common risk factors include increasing age, obesity, previous joint injury, overuse of the joint, weak thigh muscles, and genetics.
· One in two adults will develop symptoms of knee osteoarthritis during their lives.
· One in four adults will development symptoms of hip osteoarthritis by age 85.
· One in 12 people over 60 years have hand osteoarthritis.
Treatment of Degenerative Arthritis
As osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease, there is not much available to prevent its progression. Treatment is currently aimed at managing symptoms, which includes pain, stiffness, limited range of motion, and crepitus. Rest, maintaining your ideal weight, using mobility aids, heat, range of motion exercise and Arthrem® may help to manage these symptoms.
You can also order yourself a bottle of Arthrem® online today or Australian customers can pop into a NSW pharmacy or a TerryWhite Chemmart and ask for Arthrem by name.