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Arthritis

What Is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis — also called wear-and-tear arthritis or degenerative arthritis — is the most common form of arthritis and affects millions worldwide. Osteoarthritis is the result of when your cartilage — the protective tissue at the ends of bones that helps to cushion movement — wears down.

While there is no cure for osteoarthritis, Hudson Valley Spine and Pain offer multiple treatments to help you find relief and a higher quality of life. We will work to help reduce your pain and provide solutions designed to improve your holistic long-term health. Continue reading to learn more about osteoarthritis.

What Are the Symptoms of Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease, which means it will get progressively worse if you do not seek treatment. As a wear-and-tear type of arthritis, it will gradually destroy the cartilage in the affected area every time it is moved. The main symptoms for osteoarthritis are:

  • Pain that may increase during or after movement
  • Stiffness that may seem worse in the morning or after periods of lengthy inactivity
  • Lessening of flexibility that may result in a loss of range of motion
  • Tenderness of the affected area
  • Grating which may be both heard and felt
  • Bone spurs – bits of bone that form around the affected area

What Causes Osteoarthritis?

This wear-and-tear arthritis is caused by repetitive rubbing that slowly deteriorates the tissue to the point it can completely disappear. When this happens, this degenerative arthritis can result in the painful rubbing of bone on bone.
Osteoarthritis can significantly change the way you go about your day-to-day life and result in loss of mobility as well as the frustration that can come with it. Exactly what causes this degenerative arthritis isn’t clear, but there are risk factors, including:

  • Obesity
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Joint injuries, which can lead to scarring and inflammation
  • Bone deformities
  • Old age

Contact Hudson Valley Spine and Pain for Osteoarthritis Relief

While there is no cure for osteoarthritis, Hudson Valley Spine and Pain offers multiple treatments to help you find relief and a higher quality of life. Most importantly, we’ll help you address the underlying conditions contributing to your osteoarthritis through a more holistic view on your health.

In either case, degenerative arthritis doesn’t have to destroy your mobility and leave you suffering from the pain — Hudson Valley Spine and Pain can help. Our staff is experienced, understanding, and committed to providing you with the treatment to reduce your pain, restore your mobility, and improve your overall long-term health.