Hello, my name is Gregory. When I was a young lad, I had to enter the health care world in an unexpected way. I developed a serious disease out of the blue that took doctors by surprise. I went through so many different testing procedures before my doctors could diagnose the rare disease. Everyone around me reeled as they tried to understand the purpose and process of the diagnostic tests. I hope to help others understand these important tests better through this website. Please come by often to learn all you need to know about medical diagnostics and working closely with health care professionals.
Although there are many conditions you could be diagnosed with that are far worse than osteoporosis, it's nonetheless a difficult disease to combat. Figuring out why you're bones are weakening, joints are inflamed and mobility is compromised can be tricky and quite painful in the process. A bone-density test should tell you for sure, but thereafter, you and your medical team will have much to do before you find the relief you need.
The Characteristics of Osteoarthritis
While there are no less than 171 different types of arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are generally the more common forms. Most types of arthritis plague a person with similar symptoms, such as stiffness, inflammation and pain; however, understanding the specific type you have leads to more specific and hopefully, more successful treatment.
Rheumatoid and other auto-immune types of arthritis are the result of the body's own forces attacking joints, whereas osteoarthritis is a gradual reduction of bone strength and density. Other symptoms predominant with osteoarthritis include:
Unavoidable Risk Factors
Some factors for developing arthritis are simply beyond your control, but it's important to identify them, so you can calculate your risk factors, take possible preventative steps and understand how you may be affected moving forward.
Risk Factors You Have Some Control Over
Knowing how you can help yourself is perhaps the most powerful information regarding health and to some extent, there is something you can do about osteoarthritis. Whether you're looking to possibly prevent it or trying to control it, lifestyle changes often have a major impact on the symptoms of osteoarthritis you will experience:
The Evolution of Treatment
For many generations, arthritis of any form was viewed as an inevitable consequence of living longer; however, times have fortunately changed. With more specificity in the diagnostic process, doctors are able to focus on minimizing symptoms, stopping the damage in some cases and helping patients to help themselves.
With your diagnosis of arthritis comes a lot of personal responsibility to work in cooperation with the treatment plan your doctor develops for you. Although there is no cure for osteoarthritis, consistent therapy in the form of medication and healthy habits should work well to reduce your pain and discomfort.
A positive attitude, restful sleep and stress-management are all also going to act in your best interest when it comes to chronic pain. Different treatments work better for different individuals, though, so be patient as you and your doctor try to determine the best way to improve your outlook with osteoporosis.