This is progressive degenerative disorder affecting the joints and joint structures. This is usually associated with progression of age. Some time it occurs at an early age as secondary to any injury to the joint. Normally it affects weight bearing joints like spine, hip and knee joint. It rarely affects other joints like shoulder, ankle small joints like fingers elbows etc.. This usually occur secondary to any injury or work related. Among the various joints the disease affecting the knee and spine are very common in India.

Osteoarthritis is characterized by the breakdown of the articular cartilage within the joint. As the disease progresses, due to the wear and tear process the articular cartage becomes thinner and some time torn off which results in the inflammation leading to pain, swelling and stiffness after long rest or inactivity of joints . Once it becomes severe, it will affect normal body activities and depends on the area that has been affected. Once it becomes more severe, the joint space diminishes and the bone surface may come in contact together which leads to roughness and extra sharp bone growth of the joint surface or its margins which may lead to deformity and lose of range of motion of joints.

OA begins with injury at articular cartilage due to over load, over use or any other means of injuries which result in inflammatory responses on articular cartilage and joints. If this continues for long time, eventually the articular cartilage gets fragmented, the synovial membrane of joint becomes inflamed and the lubricating synovial fluid becomes less viscose.

If this process continues, extensive fragmentation and separation of articular cartilage leads to direct contact of subchondral bones which results in the friction between bony ends during movement and formation of subchondral cyst and subchondral sclerosis and osteophytes formation. The surrounding ligaments and muscle tendon become stressed, inflamed and limit the flexibility and joint motion. Muscles around the joint become weak. Some time these responses affect the normal blood circulation of joints which lead to formation of enlarged veins around the joints especially around knee and hip region.

Causes for Osteoarthritis

Aging: Primarily it affects aging process especially after 50 yrs. Once age progresses, it activates wear tear process which takes place in the joint.

Secondary to other injuries and diseases

  • Formation of trigger points on the muscles around the joints
  • Post traumatic
  • Sports injuries
  • Occupational
  • Muscle weakness and tightness
  • Obesity
  • Joint alignment abnormalities
  • Congenital joint disorders
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Instable joints or lax joints
  • Metabolic joint disorders
  • Joint circulatory problems like Avascular necrosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Vitamin C and D deficiency

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

  • All symptoms develop gradually
  • Joint stiffness especially morning or after a prolonged period of rest
  • Grinding noise(crepitus) during movement of knee
  • Joint pain with limitation of motion
  • Muscular pain and tenderness
  • Joint swelling
  • Tenderness on joint margins
  • Alignment joint deformities

PFT Treatment for Osterarthritis

There are no drugs to reform your degenerated bones; once changes happened to the bone it is permanent. The only possible solution is that with treatment and exercise one can stop further progression of these changes. However, normally mild and moderate arthritis can be cured completely.

Many of the aged people may have normal wear tear process at joints, it may not be giving you pain. Pain may be due to some other changes around the joint or structures associated with those joints.

Stressed and trigger point muscle can generate extreme pain at the joints it may not respond to the medication or other means of non drugs treatments which concentrate only on joints. Nerve irritation associated with joint can cause same pain. But many a time diagnosis conclusions reaches only to degeneration. If the pain is not responding with normal pain killers or anti inflammatory drugs or non drug therapies you may be advised to have steroid treatment or joint replacement.

PFT has very effective treatment for osteoarthritis. We treat your pain full joints in four stages with out any drugs, helping you recover faster and chances of recurrence is very less.

Advantages of PFT treatment for Osteoarthritis
Speedier pain reduction and recovery
You can avoid surgeries
No dugs for treatment
No electromagnetic waves for treatment
Absolutely no side effect
Activates bodies natural healing mechanism
No diet restrictions
Improves quality and mobility of the joints
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