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Avoiding/Managing Osteoarthritis

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Avoiding/Managing Osteoarthritis

Arthritis is the umbrella term for a cluster of joint diseases involving inflammation of the joints, hence “arthr-” (joint) “-itis” (suffix used to denote inflammation).

Inflammatory vs Non-Inflammatory Arthritis

Arthritis is broadly divided into inflammatory arthritis and non-inflammatory arthritis.

Some forms, such as rheumatoid arthritis, are of the inflammatory kind. We wrote about that previously:

See: Avoiding/Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis

You may be wondering: how does one get non-inflammatory inflammation of the joints?

The answer is, in “non-inflammatory” arthritis, such as osteoarthritis, the damage comes first (by general wear-and-tear) and inflammation generally follows as part of the symptoms, rather than the cause.

So the name can be a little confusing. In the case of osteo- and other “non-inflammatory” forms of arthritis, you definitely still want to keep your inflammation at bay as best you can; it’s just not the prime focus.

So, what should we focus on?

First and foremost: avoiding wear-and-tear if possible. Naturally, we all must live our lives, and sometimes that means taking a few knocks, and definitely it means using our joints. An unused joint would suffer just as much as an abused one. But, we can take care of our joints!

We wrote on that previously, too:

See: How To Really Look After Your Joints

New osteoarthritis medication (hot off the press!)

At 10almonds, we try to keep on top of new developments, and here’s a shiny new one from this month:

Note also that Dr. Flavia Cicuttini there talks about what we talked about above—that calling it non-inflammatory arthritis is a little misleading, as the inflammation still occurs.

And finally…

You might consider other lifestyle adjustments to manage your symptoms. These include:

  • Exercise—gently, though!
  • Rest—while keeping mobility going.
  • Mobility aids—if it helps, it helps.
  • Go easy on the use of braces, splints, etc—these can offer short-term relief, but at a long term cost of loss of mobility.
    • Only you can decide where to draw the line when it comes to that trade-off.

You can also check out our previous article:

See: Managing Chronic Pain (Realistically!)

Take good care of yourself!

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