How common is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a common complaint affecting 1 in 11 Australian's, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Approximately 2.2 million people have the condition and 3 in 5 people who have osteoarthritis are female.
Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects the whole joint including bone, cartilage, ligaments and muscles. Although often described as ‘wear and tear’, osteoarthritis is now thought to be the result of a joint working extra hard to repair itself.
The symptoms of osteoarthritis vary from person to person, and they can come on slowly over months or even years. The most common symptoms are:
- Pain and stiffness of the joints.
- Clicking noises,
- Grating sensations, Pain
- Loss of flexibility in a joint.
There is no cure for osteoarthritis, but there are several things you can do to help control your symptoms. Treatments vary depending on the severity of symptoms and which joints are affected. Have a chat to your doctor about your treatment plan, but here are a few ideas to consider.
If you’re overweight, try to lose some weight to help remove unnecessary strain from your joints
Speak to a personal trainer or physio about creating an exercise program tailored to you. Strong, lean muscles help take the pressure off the joints and aid mobility.
As well as exercising your entire body, try some simple exercises specifically for the area affected by osteoarthritis. These simple movements are an easy and non-invasive way to keep the joints flexible, improve range of motion, and relieve arthritis pain. These exercises can also increase the production of synovial fluid, which can also improve joint function
Try pain relief cream for localised relief. Better Nature pain relief cream is a topical analgesic and anti-inflammatory cream offering a cooling / heating sensation. It contains only natural ingredients including Eucalyptus Oil, Arnica Oil Infusion, St. John Wort Infusion, Rosemary Oil and Wintergreen Oil and is certified vegan. The cream is great for osteoarthritis, but also for neck and back pain, headaches, bursitis and general aches and strains.
- If your pain is severe, joint replacement surgery may be an option. Have a chat with your Health Professional about your options and come up with a pain management plan that suits your condition.
Suffering from osteoarthritis in your hands? Check out our recent blog with some simple exercises to relieve pain in your hands and wrists,