Saturday, December 19, 2009

Osteoarthritis - A Battle of Attrition

Osteoarthritis is not an acute condition.

There will be good days and bad, but it is a long term, degenerative condition that needs to be addressed with an appropriate strategy.

As a general rule, the longer a condition lasts, the less likely a "quick fix"exists. A 30 year history of osteoarthritis is not going to be fixed by a pill.

The reason I bring this up is that long term diseases take long term commitment to influence. You do not have to accept the inevitability of osteoarthritis, but you have to realize that to alter the course of this disease, long term lifestyle changes are required.

There are many treatments that claim to help osteoarthritis, but you will find that the non-surgical ones that have been shown to help take time to show their benefit. Weight loss and quadriceps strengthening increase mobility and decrease pain but usually take a minimum of 6 weeks to take effect.

The "take home message" here is that you can have a positive effect on your knee arthritis but you need to get serious and treat it like a job. Sign yourself up for two months of hard work then reassess your condition. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

1 comment:

  1. Treatment for osteoarthritis is a combination of exercise, weight and stress management, hot and cold treatments and medication. Every situation is different. What works for some may not work for others even if the disease is in the same joint. It is a matter of trial and error to see what is most effective for you.

    Any osteoarthritis treatment plan is patient specific. What works for one person may not work for another even if the same joint is affected. Treatment needs to be a combination of weight control, medication (either prescription, over the counter or natural), hot and cold treatments and stress management. It is a matter of trial and error to see what is most effective for you particular situation.