of Osteoarthritis And What You Should Know
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis most
frequently occur in the knees, ankles, hips, hands, and other weight
bearing joints. In addition the symptoms are more likely to develop
with age. This disease affects approximately 20 million people in
the United States. It estimated by 2030 about 70 million people
will have lived past the age of 65 and have an increased risk of
developing symptoms of Osteoarthritis. This illness is not restricted
to the elderly; some young people develop Osteoarthritis resulting
from joint injuries. Symptoms of Osteoarthritis affect more men
before age 45 than women, and more women after age 45 than men.
Scientists have not determined the cause of the disease; however,
a combination of several factors may increase the risk of developing
symptoms of Osteoarthritis. These factors include: joint injury,
being overweight, the aging process, and "wear and tear"
from stresses on the joints. Old age is the primary cause of Osteoarthritis.
Several secondary causes include congenital defects and obesity.
Additional risk factors Osteoarthritis include:
Certain activities put pressure on affected
joints such as running, jogging, and tennis. Great alternative activities
to continue exercising without putting too much pressure on the
joints are walking, yoga, swimming, and other water activities.
It is important for people with symptoms of Osteoarthritis to stay
active because strengthened muscles help protect the joints.
Each individual is affected by symptoms of Osteoarthritis differently
however each person suffering from Osteoarthritis is dealing with
joint deterioration over time. In some, the disease may progress
quickly. Joint pain is a common symptom of Osteoarthritis; this
is prompted through certain activities or when the body is at rest.
A list of common Osteoartritis symptoms include:
Bony growths in the joints, usually over