Wear And Tear Arthritis


Wear and tear arthritis (also known as osteoarthritis) occurs when the cartilage that protects the joints begins to degrade as the result of aging. Normally occurring in the knee, wear and tear arthritis can also occur from repetitive motions and mechanical injuries common in athletes and generally active people.

Wear And Tear Arthritis

Certain genetic and physical characteristics can predispose some individuals to wear and tear arthritis, the most likely of which is being overweight or obese. Obese individuals suffer more stress and pressure on their joints, and as a result doctors often suggest lifestyle changes such as diet and an appropriate exercise plan to help ease and treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Depending on the severity of the condition, symptoms of wear and tear arthritis range from mild to moderate, but the most common symptoms are pain, swelling, stiffness in the affected joint, and limited mobility.

An orthopedic specialist or surgeon will perform a full physical examination and diagnostic tests such as an x-ray or MRI to determine the degree of cartilage deterioration and potential joint damage in each patient. A full medical history and evaluation is also performed.

Treatment for wear and tear arthritis will depend on the severity of the condition. Rest, icing and NSAIDs to relieve pain and swelling work for milder forms. Exercise and physical therapy are also commonly prescribed. Surgery can be an option in more advanced cases of cartilage dete-rioration.

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