There are more than 100 different types of arthritis. They range from very common to the extremely rare. Although there are over 100 types, many of them share similar symptoms. 54 million adults have been diagnosed with arthritis by medical professionals. Between babies and children, 300,000 have arthritis or some form of a rheumatic condition. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis (OA) affects 31 million Americans. Osteoarthritis is a progressive condition that wears away knee joint cartilage slowly over time and can result in real pain and debilitation.
What Are The Symptoms of Arthritis?
When it comes to treating arthritis, understanding the symptoms is key. Symptoms of arthritis can be very painful. A person can suffer with multiple types of arthritis at the same time. If you have suffered from a severe injury such as a knee fracture, ligament injury, or a torn meniscus then you can develop post-traumatic arthritis. Post-traumatic arthritis might not occur until years after the injury so it is important you note the possible symptoms. These symptoms are:
- Moderate increase in pain
- Buckling and locking
- Popping sounds
- Poor range of motion
- Abnormalities or irregularities on the side of the knee
- Loss of joint space
What Are The Risk Factors of Arthritis?
- Age and Sex:
Generally, people who are above the age of 50 are more prone to develop osteoarthritis and other forms of arthritis.Women who are over the age of 50 are more likely develop osteoarthritis of the knee than men are. However, although age and sex are factors, younger people of either sex can develop it.
- Weight Gain:
Another factor to consider is weight gain. When someone gains weight, over time gravity causes the person to experience pressure. This pressure is largely upheld by joints, but your knees particularly bare the most pressure.
Arthritis can also have a hereditary factor. People may develop and inherit abnormalities. These abnormalities may result in your bones growing irregularly or abnormally which will later lead to osteoarthritis.
Another risk factor are bodily injuries. They can put you at higher risk of developing post-traumatic arthritis. Repetitive strain injury is similar in risk. People with certain jobs and/or occupations that require repetitive activity like typing, lifting heavy objects, kneeling and/or squatting will more than likely develop some form of arthritis later in life.
People who are extremely active and/or in sports are at risk of developing osteoarthritis. This is because athletes are constantly putting their joints under severe stress. This will in turn affect their capacity for daily activities and may result in early retirement from the sport.
3 Treatment Options For Osteoarthritis Arthritis
Although over exercising is a risk factor to developing osteoarthritis, it’s important to note that regular and moderate exercise can strengthen your joints overtime. Weak muscles around the knee can lead to osteoarthritis. If you feel like you want to prevent osteoarthritis, try strengthening it with light exercises that strengthen the knee.
There are many medications on the market to treat arthritis of the knee. Medications can be found over the counter (OTC) or prescribed by your doctor depending on how severe your arthritis symptoms are.
Is a common medication used to reduce pain, whether it’s joint pain. The only downfall to this form of medication is that it doesn’t hold any anti inflammatory properties. Examples of analgesics include acetaminophen, tramadol and narcotics containing oxycodone.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs):
These are probably the most common form of medication for treating arthritis pain. They reduce knee pain (or any pain) and also reduce inflammation. Examples of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) include: ibuprofen and naproxen sodium.
- Physical Therapy:
If medication isn’t giving you enough relief, or you want to avoid taking medication for other medical reasons, then physical therapy might be the option for you. Physical therapy can improve range of motion and strengthen the muscles that are located around your joints.
If none of the above are showing any results, surgery might be your only choice. Joint replacement surgery removes the damaged joint and replaces it with an artificial one, generally made out of titanium.
- CBD Oil:
This form of treatment is a relatively new one because it has only just gained popularity. CBD stands for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is a chemical compound derived from the cannabis plant. The cannabis plant has made its mark in the medical and cosmetic world due to a series of recent studies. These studies have shown that the cannabis plant can treat a wide range of ailments and conditions. One of these conditions is arthritis.The cannabis plant can help treat arthritis because it offers pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties. This has been clinically proven. One study suggests that the “combined immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory actions [of cannabis], has a potent anti-arthritic effect in CIA (collagen-induced arthritis).” CBD has little to no side effects.
If you have arthritis, it’s important that you consult your doctor or another medical expert in the field before beginning treatment. If interested, ask your doctor about treating your arthritis with CBD. They might be able to aid you in dosing. It’s also important that you read your state’s or country’s laws regulations surrounding CBD and cannabis. This will help you avoid conspiring in any illegal activity.