Associated with aging and labelled an ‘old-age problem’, Osteoarthritis often develops from around the age of 40 – even younger in those with past injuries or joint overuse from work/lifestyle. Pain does not always manifest until later in life when the joint degeneration has advanced.
It surprises us how many younger patients presenting with joint and muscle pain already have mild to moderate stage osteoarthritis, especially when they have an active lifestyle and have looked after themselves. This diagnosis, (confirmed by MRI imaging) is very unwelcome for those in their 40s and 50s – believing “I’m too young for Arthritis.” Unfortunately, as evidence shows, this is not the case and the niggling pain they are experiencing is from Arthritis. Osteoarthritis can’t be cured, so the key is to preserve your joints and treat them early, not waiting until it worsens when you’re older. The good thing is that there are a number of things you can do to help slow the speed of degeneration and ease symptoms.
We use MBST technology to treat arthritis symptoms. It stimulates joint cells into functioning optimally, which will in turn encourage repair and regeneration of the cartilage tissue. A simple non-invasive process, there is no other treatment that can produce this targeted effect on the body.
Alongside MBST, patients are advised to use the traditional methods of managing OA. These include strength and mobility exercises and building an awareness of damaging activities such as repetitive movements, excessive weight-bearing activities, and posture (sitting and standing). Good diet and hydration are important, and many patients benefit from natural anti-inflammatory and joint-health supplements.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a very common complaint, with around 8.5 million people in the UK suffering with some level of the degenerative disease. It is caused by the breakdown of the cartilage that covers the surface of bones within a joint, designed to cushion and protect the joint and allow comfortable, fluid movement. Over time, this cartilage suffers general wear and tear and deteriorates faster than it can repair, resulting eventually in pain, stiffness and inflammation, as the bones begin to rub together. Knees, hips, back/neck and hands are particularly susceptible, but shoulders, ankles and wrists are also notable. Osteoarthritis is prevalent in those how have played high level sport or had a past injury, but unfortunately simply living a normal life involves wear on the joints.