For men over 50, osteoarthritis rehabilitation requires both consistency and persistence
If you’re a man over 50 and have received an osteoarthritis diagnosis, you need a game plan. While most orthopedists can very accurately identify this degenerative joint disease, very few can offer a viable rehabilitation regimen.
Rehabilitating an osteoarthritic joint provides the very best non-surgical option for maintaining joint useability and, more importantly, an active lifestyle allowing you to do the things you want to do.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease where the soft cartridge deteriorates. This soft cartridge provides the smooth, soft, lubricated surface where important bones join together, including shoulders, knees and hips, held and moved by tendons and by muscles. When the cartridge goes, you’re left with an uneven contact surface at best, and bone-on-bone contact at worst.
Joint-replacement surgery provides an option for worst-case scenarios, but these procedures are highly invasive and not always necessary. As an osteoarthritis patient, you may want to consider the rehabilitation route as a first alternative. Ultimately, joint-replacement surgery is a personal choice, but attempting rehabilitation makes sense as a first attempt at Continue reading
Enjoying an active lifestyle with osteoarthritis can continue well after age 50 with these 5 simple keys.
If you’re a man over age 50, your odds or getting osteoarthritis begin rising significantly. In fact, if you’ve noticed pain, aching, or soreness in your knees, shoulders, or hips, chances are good that you’re getting early warning signs of this degenerative disease’s onset.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Arthritis means inflammation of the joints. Osteoarthritis, sometimes known as “wear and tear” arthritis, is most common of all arthritis types, and is a breakdown of cartilage in joints, occurring in almost any joint. Osteoarthritis commonly occurs in weight bearing joints, including hips, knees, and spine, and can affect other joints if previous injury or excessive stress is involved.
Cartilage’s main function is friction reduction and shock absorption in joints and serves as a shock absorber. With osteoarthritis, joint cartilage becomes stiff and loses elasticity, making it more susceptible to damage, and over time the cartilage wears away, decreasing its cushioning ability. In advanced stages, the bones could rub against each other.
Living with Osteoarthritis
Although you should always consult with your doctor, keeping arthritic joints active as part of a healthy lifestyle is your best bet for Continue reading