We live in times when democracy and capitalism is rampant. Not that it's a bad thing but it takes me back to the communism vs. capitalism standoff during the Cold War. And in particular, the Berlin Wall…
My apologies if you're not a history buff but there was a time when Germany was actually two countries – East and West Germany. The former was a satellite state of the erstwhile USSR while its successful counterpart was a part of a capitalist regime, if one can call it that, supported by countries like the United Kingdom and the United States.
When you look back, you begin to wonder how anyone could live in the presence of the Stazi, the secret police of East Germany, and which was why many people sought to escape their borders. It must have been a nightmare!
And even if the wheels of justice moved slowly, move they did, and the great Berlin wall came crashing down – and signified the end of the Cold War, thanks to an arthritic USSR regime that all but collapsed in on itself soon after.
But what does this have to do with osteoarthritis, you might ask?
As with all regimes which become way too bloated and old for their own good, arthritis sets in, leading to its utter destruction, not very different from the condition of osteoarthritis at the individual level.
Osteoarthritis – An Introduction
By definition, osteoarthritis is a condition where, due to aging, injury to a joint or obesity, the cartilage in one or more of the joints begins to break down until one experiences an inability to move at all due to the affected area.
Studies have also shown that this is the most common form of arthritis and affects almost 27 million people in the United States alone, with 13.9% of adults over the age of 25 years while 33.6% of those above the age of 65.
Also known as degenerative bone disease, the most common areas that it affects are the hands, knees, hips and spine.
With the loss of cartilage in the joints, which is the slippery part that prevents two bones from rubbing against each other, there is no protection, and this leads to stiffness and pain whenever someone tries to move the joint that is affected by osteoarthritis.
The disease is also gradual over time, and can only be detected by a series of tests. Thankfully, one can be treated for osteoarthritis, and it includes weight loss and control, physical therapy, medication and patient education.
Yet the hard trust is that no cure exists.
Osteoarthritis Symptoms – A List
While there are general symptoms that occur for all types of osteoarthritis, there are a few that are specific to each type. So, here are a few osteoarthritis symptoms based on the affected area.
Bone enlargements in the fingertips occur but they're not always painful. Women over the age of 45 commonly suffer from this type of osteoarthritis.
This involves pain and discomfort when one tries to move their hips, and this commonly occurs due to patients doing a lot of heavy lifting when they were younger.
This type of osteoarthritis occurs due to squatting or kneeling for too long when younger, and it involves discomfort and pain in the knees.
The osteoarthritis symptoms for the spine is usually weakness and pain in our arms and legs but this takes place due to the bone spurs crowding the nerves.
So, are you suffering from osteoarthritis symptoms or know anyone else who does? If so, feel free to share your thoughts about your/ their experiences in the comments section below.