Osteoarthritis Arthritis Causes, Risk and Test
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Osteoarthritis Arthritis Causes, Risk and Test

This type of arthritis as with several other types gets worse as time passes. Unfortunately, there is not any cure for Osteoarthritis, however, it is possible to slow the deterioration with various treatments, and various medications can help relieve some of the pain caused by the deterioration of the cartilage.

When cartilage on the joints of bones begins to wear down due to age or possibly because of an injury to a joint, it is possible for an individual to develop Osteoarthritis.

This type of arthritis as with several other types gets worse as time passes. Unfortunately, there is not any cure for Osteoarthritis, however, it is possible to slow the deterioration with various treatments, and various medications can help relieve some of the pain caused by the deterioration of the cartilage.

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis can be things such as pain in the various joints of an individual’s hands, knees, feet or hips when the individual moves or after they have used the various joints after moving. There may be tenderness in the area of the joints when a person applies even a slight pressure to the joints.

Stiffness may occur and is most likely to happen when an individual wakes up or after they have been inactive for a short period. Joints may begin to lose some of their flexibility and result in a person not being able to use a particular joint as much as they had in the past.

It is possible that an individual will feel a rubbing or grinding sensation in joints such as their knees when they bend them or in other joints when they are used. Bone spurs may occur and form in the areas of the joints, which can result in being very painful.

The risk of any individual developing Osteoarthritis include things like the age of an individual, the older a person is the more likely they are to develop this type of arthritis.

Women seem to develop Osteoarthritis much easier or quicker than men, however, it is not known why women are more susceptible to Osteoarthritis than men are.

If an individual has deformed bones, they may be at a higher risk of developing this type of arthritis. The possibility also exist for this type of arthritis to develop because of an injury occurring to various joints as the results of types of sports an individual may be involved in playing or due to being involved in an accident.

In some cases if an individual is overweight, this can be a higher risk factor particularly to the individual’s knees. Another thing that may put a person at a higher risk is the type of occupation the individual has, particularly if their job involves a lot of time bending their knees or being in a position that put strain on their joints.

Diabetes, gout, Paget’s disease is also things which may increase the risk of developing Osteoarthritis.

The types of test a doctor may use to determine if an individual has, began developing Osteoarthritis include tests that generally begin with a physical examination of the area which is affected. Other tests may include having X-rays taken of the affected joint or joints. It is possible for bone spurs to appear in the area of the joint being X-rayed.

Another method used to check for Osteoarthritis is for the doctor to request an MRI, which is magnetic resonance imaging. This type of test generally shows any soft tissue or possibly soft bone in the joint.

In some cases, a doctor may either request blood tests or test fluid, which can be drawn from the area around the joint, which is affected. Testing the fluid is a way for the doctor to determine if the pain is a result of the individual having gout or some type of infection in the joint.

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