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What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis that affects the joints throughout the body. It is often described as “wear and tear” or “bone on bone”. While this may sound scary, many people are able to function and complete normal activities despite being “bone on bone”. However, many people with OA will often experience pain or aching, stiffness especially in the morning, and potential swelling. The most common joints that are affected by OA are the knees followed by the shoulders, then hips. 


What causes OA?

Osteoarthritis is mainly caused by breakdown of the cartilage which are the shock-absorption pads between the joints. This could be due to repetitive activities done for years. The most common joints that are affecting are the hip, knees, ankle, shoulder, elbow, and hand/wrist.


What can be done?

While there is no cure for OA, there are ways to manage your pain such as exercise, losing weight, and increasing your activity overall. You could also try managing your pain by seeing other healthcare professionals such as acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and physical therapists. All of these healthcare professionals can help you manage your pain and provide guidance on what exercises are safe and appropriate for you. 


At Kailua Wellness Center, we offer all of the services mentioned above and are focused on a holistic approach when it comes to your health. 


Give Kailua Wellness Center a call today at (808) 261-8181 and let us be a part of your journey to becoming well!


Dr. Jun Bradley Cadelinia, PT DPT (Physical Therapist)



References

“Osteoarthritis (OA).” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 27 July 2020, www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/osteoarthritis.htm#:~:text=Osteoarthritis%20(OA)%20is%20the%20most,underlying%20bone%20begins%20to%20change


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