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What is Osteoarthritis? It occurs due to the wearing and tearing of the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones over a period of time. OA thus results from the breakdown of joint cartilage and underlying bone. OA can affect and damage any joint in the body. Important aspects of OA – Osteoarthritis commonly afflicts the joints of the hands, Joints near the finger ends, base of the thumb, neck, lower back, hips, knees and spine. Joints on one side of the body are often more affected than those on the other. The most common symptoms are joint pain and stiffness. Joint swelling and decreased range of movements are also present in many cases. It gradually worsens with time . Active lifestyle, maintaining healthy body weight, effective medicines and treatments may help to slow down the progression of osteoarthritis and thus may help to improve pain and joint function. Common causes: Old age Increased body weight Heredity – includes genetic mutations that might make a person more likely to develop osteoarthritis of the knee. It may also be due to the inherited abnormalities in the shape of bones that surround the knee joint. Gender – women of 55 years of age or older are more likely to develop osteoarthritis than men Repetitive stress injuries – mostly related to the nature of the job, people involved in occupations that include lot of activity which causes stress on the joint are causative. These include activities and jobs involving kneeling, squatting or lifting heavy weights. Other illnesses – people with rheumatoid arthritis, metabolic disorders such as iron overload or excess growth hormone also carry the risk of hiring OA Treatment Abhyanga (Therapeutic / Preventive Herbal Oil Massage) Swedana (Fomentation / Sudation / Sweating therapy) Pinda Sweda (Bolus Fomentation) – Churna Pinda Sweda (Podikkizhi) – Patra Pinda Sweda (Leaf bolus fomentation) – Shashtika Shali Pinda Sweda – Dhara / Seka (Pizhichil) – For more queries contact : Ayurveda Healing Tree 7814002233, 7696287379
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