Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that consists of a “wear” of the articular cartilage, which can be progressive.
The disease can affect any joint, but the most frequent are those of the hands, knees, hips and the spine. Cartilage is a firm, elastic tissue that covers the ends of the bones in a joint. His properties and those of the liquid that covers it (synovial fluid) allow “cushioning and lubrication”.
Contrary to what many people think, osteoarthritis is not a disease exclusive of old age; anyone can suffer from it, and its frequency increases with age, being more common in women and genetically predisposed people.
The Spanish Society of Rheumatology has prepared a catalog of 10 recommendations for patients, so that patients can better understand their disease and improve their quality of life:
Maintain a correct body weight
Obesity is one of the causes of the disease, and it also makes it progress more quickly. If you are obese or overweight, start a diet program that makes you slim down; your doctor can help you in this regard. No special diets are necessary, nor there are completely prohibited foods in this disease. A low-calorie diet is enough.
Hot and cold
In general, heat is more beneficial in osteoarthritis. It can be applied at home, with the electric mat or hot water bottle placed over the painful joint. Relieve pain and relax the muscles. Occasionally, the arthritic joint can have a severe flare inflammatory and, on those occasions, it is useful to apply local cold through ice packs or cold baths.
There are many types of medications that can be beneficial in this disease. There are analgesics, anti-inflammatories, gels and creams, local infiltrations and drugs that can prevent the progression of osteoarthritis.
However, it must be your doctor or rheumatologist who decides, in every moment of evolution, which one is right for you. Don’t self-medicate. Therapies Alternative calls – such as acupuncture, osteopathy, herbs, have not been shown to be effective scientifically, but if you want to use them, consult your doctor first to avoid problems.
Sleep on a flat bed. Avoid sitting on sunken armchairs or sofas, and use straight-backed chairs, where your hips and knees maintain a natural position and your feet are in contact with the floor.
Exercise protects the joint and increases the strength of our muscles. Minimize the mobility, makes the arthritic person become dependent on others.
It is not contradictory to the previous point. Osteoarthritis is a disease that occurs with periods intermittent pain, and during the phases with greater pain relative rest is beneficial. It is good to intersperse small periods of rest during the activities of daily life.
Avoid overloading the joints
Do not take excessive weights, try not to walk on uneven ground and do not stand excessively without resting. Use a cart to carry your purchases. If you suffer from knee osteoarthritis or hip, the use of a cane to walk reduces the stress on these joints.
If you have lumbar, hip, or knee osteoarthritis, you should wear thick-soled shoes that absorbs the force of the impact of the foot against the ground when walking.
This can also be achieved with insoles or silicone heels that are placed on the shoe. Do not wear shoes with heels excessive. It is preferable to use flat shoes or with a slight heel.
Thermal baths apply mineral-medicinal waters, generally thermal, for the treatment of osteoarthritis. With this they manage to improve pain and relax the contracted muscles.
The calls SPA centers (health through water) perform aesthetic and relaxation treatments using water that, however, does not have mineral-medicinal characteristics like that of spas. Both forms can be useful in osteoarthritis.
Keep a positive attitude
Osteoarthritis, despite everything, allows you to maintain a complete personal and family life, with very few limitations. In the most advanced and worst cases, there are treatments surgical procedures that can solve the problem. Osteoarthritis does not affect life and progress in its investigation and treatment are continuous.
This pathology can produce some functional disability in the patient, although in sometimes it could also originate a degree of disability, which prevents the patient from performing his daily activities.
At More Motion we know that the fundamental pillars of the treatment of Osteoarthritis, they are constituted by the contribution of Chondroprotectors, such as Glucosamine, Chondrotin, MSM, Collagen, Grenetin, Tricalcium Phosphate and Vitamin C, contained in our formula; and as a second pillar in the treatment of Osteoarthritis, a change in lifestyle, that is, the implementation of exercise routines and a healthy diet, which allows us to avoid the consequences of a joint overload due to obesity and muscle atrophy.