What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a common condition affecting approximately 27 million adults in U.S. It affects the whole joint including cartilage, ligaments, bone, and joint lining, where the erosion of these tissues results in joint stiffness and pain. The joints most frequently affected are the hips, knees, spine, and hands.
What are the Causes of Osteoarthritis?
The causes of osteoarthritis are generally considered to be both molecular and mechanical. Over time and use, the joint tissues slowly breakdown, leaving bone in contact with bone within the joint.
What are the Symptoms of Osteoarthritis?
The symptoms of osteoarthritis include pain or tenderness at the joint, stiffness, a grating sound, and bone spurs (small bone growths around the joint).
What is the Treatment for Osteoarthritis?
Conventional treatment for osteoarthritis includes exercise and anti-inflammatory medicine such as ibuprofen and steroid injections. Our approach to osteoarthritis treatment includes the use of targeted exercises to strengthen muscles and joint mechanics, clinically proven anti-inflammatory herbs or supplements, topically compounded medications, which are safer on the cardiovascular system, and dietary interventions to reduce systemic inflammation.