How to Know If A Person Has Osteoarthritis
It’s common to experience some soreness or stiffness in joints or in the back, especially after waking up or after sitting for an extended period. If this is happening more frequently, you may be wondering if these are the early signs of osteoarthritis (OA). If so, you are not alone. The most common cause of joint disorder in the US is osteoarthritis, affecting 10 percent of men and 13 percent of women over 60. This number is poised to grow over the coming years.
Here are some signs to look for that may indicate osteoarthritis.
Pain and Tenderness
Early arthritis pain manifests as an aching pain and tenderness. Moving a joint in a particular way may cause a sharper pain that can indicate this is more than normal soreness. Additionally, you may experience a tenderness revealed by pressing on the joint. If this pain and tenderness continues or returns regularly, this may well be an early sign of osteoarthritis.
Stiffness of Joints
Taken alone, it can be hard to discern if the stiffness you feel on waking up or after sitting for a while is a symptom of osteoarthritis or a normal part of life. As the joints warm up, the stiffness is likely to be relieved, further obscuring the fact that this may well be a symptom of a bigger problem. If this stiffness is accompanied by one or more of the other symptoms listed here, it may well be an indicator of osteoarthritis.
Lost Range of Motion
Joints have a natural range of motion that allows freedom of movement. As osteoarthritis progresses, you may observe this range of motion becoming increasingly limited. Pay attention if your knee no longer bends as far as it used to, or if you are unable to raise your arm all the way anymore. This usually comes on gradually, but becomes more apparent as the osteoarthritis progresses.
Symptoms With No Apparent Cause
Waking up with a sore, stiff back may seem normal. If you find yourself sore and stiff during the day without being able to identify an activity that may have brought the soreness about, this may well be a sign that osteoarthritis is the cause.
If you observe these symptoms, it is best to consult your doctor about them sooner rather than later. Getting an early diagnosis can help you be proactive in taking measures to combat the progression of the disorder and prolong your quality of life.
Treatment for OA
An emerging treatment option for osteoarthritis includes Alpha-2-Macroglobulin (A2M) injections. A2M is a natural protein the body produces that prevents cartilage from breaking down, thus stopping the progression of OA and providing joint pain relief.
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