Most everyone knows of someone who has arthritis in some form or another. By and large, these are older people who are not very mobile or at least experience a lot of pain because of their health condition. A good percent of them have degenerative arthritis, making movement itself very painful.
Degenerative arthritis is another name for a condition known as osteoarthritis. Almost 21 million people in the United States suffer from it, making it the most common form of arthritis. As a matter of fact, it is estimated that eighty percent of people will show some degree of arthritis in testing by the time they are sixty-five years old. Sixty percent of those will experience the symptoms of arthritis.
Affecting mostly the elderly, degenerative arthritis is when what is essentially the lubrication between bones in the joints is worn down. This happens over an extended period of time as cartilage wears down, resulting in a lack of lubrication and making it more difficult and painful to move.
The lack of lubrication itself makes movement harder, but the inflammation that comes with the friction creates a stiffness in the muscles and joints. This combination of symptoms can cause a great reduction in mobility, both because of physical barriers as well as the burning, aching pain itself.
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Living with osteoarthritis can be hard. There are a number of treatments that can be used including medication, creams and other recommended protocols. A combination of these will usually work best to eliminate or at least reduce the symptoms.
The most common medication used is an anti-inflammatory. Over the counter drugs can be very effective. What works for one person may not work as well for another so it may take some experimentation, noting when the pain and swelling is decreased. A combination of medicines, or alternating between two, such as ibuprofen and aspirin can sometimes have a much stronger effect than simply using one or the other.
Other treatments that can be helpful is applying anti-inflammatory cream to the affected joints and along the attached muscles. This can give a more immediate sense of relief and can be used in conjunction with medication for places that need extra relief.
Another thing that might be beneficial is to soak in a warm bath. This helps to relieve stress and pressure from the joints and is very soothing. You can add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil for added relief.
An estimated twenty-five percent of all visits to primary care physicians are due to the symptoms of degenerative arthritis. When other sources don’t bring the necessary relief, a doctor can prescribe medication. The medication prescribed for this issue makes up about fifty percent of all non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug prescriptions.
Because of the pain and inability to move freely, degenerative arthritis can make living a full life difficult, but with the assistance of a physician and finding the best treatments for the individual, movement can be made easier and allow for a return to nearly normal functioning.