Causes of osteoarthritis :
Some of the factors that contribute to the development of osteoarthritis are
Genetic problems- Hereditary play an important role in osteoarthritis. Nodal osteoarthritis which affects the hands of middle aged women runs in family.
Age- Age is the most important cause of osteoarthritis; osteoarthritis develops in late 40’s in people. Aging causes low ability to heal, muscles become weaker.
Obesity- Obesity and overweight plays an important role in developing osteoarthritis as heavy weight puts pressure on joints like knees and hips. Excess fat tissues produce inflammatory chemicals that damage the joints.
Joint injuries- Accidents or injuries to joints may lead to osteoarthritis later in life. Giving pressure to injured joints may lead to cartilage breakdown in joints.
Loss of cartilage cushion- This can stimulate growth of new bone around the joints and causes pain and limitation of joint mobility.
Crystal deposits- Crystal deposits in cartilage can cause cartilage degeneration and osteoarthritis.
In some cases rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory conditions of the joints can lead to joint damage and osteoarthritis. Hormone disturbances like diabetes and growth hormone disorders cause osteoarthritis.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis :
Symptoms of osteoarthritis differ from person to person. Some common symptoms seen in osteoarthritis are
Pain- Common symptom seen in osteoarthritis is pain in affected joints. Pain becomes worse after repetitive use. Pain is a sharp ache or burning sensation in the affected joints.
Stiffness- Joints feel stiff if not used for some time particularly in the morning or after resting. Condition improves when person starts moving.
Swelling- There may be a mild swelling around the affected joints, and may look larger than usual.
Clicking or cracking sound- Person may experience grating or crackling sound in the effected joints when moved.
Other symptoms of osteoarthritis include loss of muscle bulk, tenderness in the effected joints and effected joints may have limited range of movement.
Specialist may perform physical examination and some tests may be ordered like joint aspiration, X-ray and MRI to diagnose osteoarthritis.
Homeopathy for osteoarthritis :
Homeopathy therapy is very useful in reducing the pain, stiffness, swelling and in improving the mobility of the joints. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition, homeopathy treatment may not be able to treat the damage or degeneration that has already occurred, but homeopathy helps in slowing down the process and further degeneration. As homeopathy treatment is based on natural substances. It can be used by everyone and has no side effects, if taken for long period.