Osteoarthritis Specialist in Allen, and Plano, TX
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Table of Contents:
What is the main cause of osteoarthritis?
What are the main symptoms of osteoarthritis?
What is the difference between arthritis and osteoarthritis?
Where do you feel pain when you have osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis, commonly referred to as wear-and-tear arthritis, is a disease of the joints, most commonly affecting the knees, hips, spine, and hands. It is a type of joint disease that results in the wearing away of the joint surfaces, causing pain, stiffness, and limited movement. Osteoarthritis is caused by the normal wear and tear of aging on the joints, which can be further exacerbated by obesity, joint injury, and genetics. Often abbreviated as OA, osteoarthritis is the most common cause of joint pain and the most common cause of disability among the elderly.
Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage—the firm, slippery tissue that cushions the joints and enables nearly frictionless joint motion—at the ends of bones in the joints gradually deteriorates. If the cartilage wears down completely, eventually bone will rub on bone, leading to further deterioration. The cause of osteoarthritis is repeated wear and tear, but certain factors can increase the risk of developing this condition, including:
Older Age — The risk of osteoarthritis increases with age and is far more common in the older population.
Gender — Women are more likely than men to develop osteoarthritis, although the exact reason for this is not clear.
Obesity — Carrying extra body weight contributes to osteoarthritis in several ways: increased weight adds stress to weight-bearing joints, and fat tissue produces proteins that can cause harmful inflammation in and around the joints. The more a person weighs, the greater their risk of developing osteoarthritis.
Joint Injuries — Several types of injuries, including those that occur when playing sports or from an accident, can increase the risk of osteoarthritis, even if they occurred several years ago.
Repeated Stress on the Joint — If a person’s job places repetitive stress on a joint, or if a sport they play causes the same kind of stress, the affected joints might eventually develop osteoarthritis.
Genetics — Studies have shown a genetic component of osteoarthritis as a tendency to develop osteoarthritis can be passed down from parent to child.
Bone Deformities — Some people are born with malformed joints or defective cartilage; these congenital conditions can increase the chances of developing osteoarthritis.
Certain Metabolic Diseases — Some metabolic diseases, such as diabetes and hemochromatosis (a condition in which the body has too much iron), also increase the risk of osteoarthritis.
Signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis include:
Pain — One of the most prominent symptoms of osteoarthritis is pain, causing the affected joints to hurt during or after movement.
Stiffness — Joint stiffness is another common symptom of osteoarthritis and is often the most noticeable upon awakening or after being inactive for prolonged periods.
Tenderness — The joint might feel tender, especially when applying light pressure to or around it.
Loss of Flexibility — Joints with osteoarthritis might not be able to move through their full range of motion, limiting flexibility.
Grating Sensation — A grating sensation or a popping or cracking sound may occur, which is known as crepitus.
Bone Spurs — Bone spurs are extra bits of bone; they feel like hard lumps and can form around the affected joint.
Swelling — Osteoarthritis is also characterized by swelling, which is often caused by soft tissue inflammation around the joint.
Arthritis and osteoarthritis are two common conditions that can cause joint pain and stiffness; while they share some similarities, they are actually very different conditions. Arthritis is usually caused by inflammation in the joints, which causes pain, stiffness, and other symptoms; osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear on the joints, causing them to become weaker and less flexible.
Common places to feel the pain caused by osteoarthritis include the joints and the areas directly adjacent to the joints. This is often accompanied by stiffness, swelling, crepitus (grating sensation or clicking sound), and a limited range of motion.
If you have osteoarthritis, trust the professionals at American Pain and Wellness to provide you with a higher level of care. Call us today or book an appointment with our osteoarthritis specialist, or visit one of our two convenient locations: we have one in Allen, TX, and one in Plano, TX. We serve patients from Allen TX, Plano TX, Fairview TX, McKinney TX, Parker TX, Lucas TX, Murphy TX, Frisco TX, Richardson TX, and Collin County Texas. We look forward to serving you!