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Pre-Osteoarthritis & Preventing Future Joint Problems

There is no denying the impact arthritis has on the world, specifically osteoarthritis (OA) – as millions struggle with it daily. People succumb to this debilitating disease after years of red flags. It’s only recently that these red flags have been gaining notoriety, and a name: pre-osteoarthritis.

As we get older, the protective cartilage on the ends of our bones begins to dwindle, leading to pain, stiffness, loss of flexibility, and bone spurs, among other things. Although this disorder can affect essentially every joint in the body, most problem areas tend to be the knees, hips, spine, and hands. Risk for osteoarthritis definitely increases with age, but that’s far from the only factor. Genetics, obesity, joint injuries, even your occupation can play a major role in its advancement.

What is pre-osteoarthritis?

Keep in mind that osteoarthritis is a late-stage condition, leading to limited opportunities to modify its impact, but what about the years leading up to a diagnosis? Aren’t there warning signs? It usually takes decades to develop. Cue pre-osteoarthritis.

The more osteoarthritis is recognized as progressive, the more likely we are to see a continued shift in how it’s approached. The kind of shift that will result in further distinguishing, diagnosing, and staging pre-osteoarthritic conditions. Complete prevention may be out of the question, but as doctors start to acknowledge symptoms years in advance, strategies can be implemented to reduce the risk of OA in the future.

Because many indicators don’t show themselves until it’s too late, taking precaution with any type of joint injury is key. Medical imaging, such as radiography, can play a huge part in pointing out pre-osteoarthritis. Recent advances in these technologies have allowed researchers to ascertain a better understanding of how OA develops. This early detection of wear and tear can mean the difference between surgery and relief.

Prevent osteoarthritis pain

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease, meaning it will gradually get worse over time if not properly taken care of. Unfortunately, no cure currently exists, but there are plenty of measures you can take to ensure that its progression is slowed and pain is improved. Exercise, control your weight, eat well, and don’t let any injuries – sports-related or not – go untreated.

If you find yourself with pain or stiffness in a joint that lasts more than several weeks, it’s time to do something about it. Don’t let the onset of pre-osteoarthritis go unnoticed. Visit the joint experts at Harper Wellness and Rehab Center and find out how you can get on your way to a more enjoyable life. Call (713) 622-3456 or click here to schedule an appointment today!

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