Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, wants you to know that one in five adults in the United States suffers from some form of arthritis, the most common type being osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the breakdown of the cartilage found between joints. This cartilage is used as a barrier between joints to prevent friction from bone to bone which can cause pain and improper joint function. Though any joint is at risk for osteoarthritis, it is most often seen in the hips, knees and spine.
The main causes of this disease are not limited to but include:
- Family history
- Old age
- Injuries around the joint.
Symptoms (ranging from mild to severe):
- Swelling and stiffness
- Pain or dull aches that progress over time
- Pain in the morning and tapers off with activity
- Pain that flares with vigorous activity
Treatment depends on each patient’s individual needs. Mild osteoarthritis may be treated with conservative methods like weight loss (for overweight patients only), low impact exercises, anti-inflammatory drugs, injections and physical therapy. If pain persists and quality of life is being affected, joint replacement surgery may be an option.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above or have concerns about your joint health, it is important to consult a professional!
At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we have the ability to help address all of the potential variables that may be causing joint pain. We look at the “whole person” when treating joint pain to provide insights as to why one might be experiencing excess strain on their joints.
We come up with personalized programs for each patient to provide results in a fun and healing environment.
Call us at (714) 997-5518 if you would like to discuss our program in detail.by