What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis.
Osteoarthritis usually develops slowly and it gets worse over time. When a joint develops osteoarthritis, part of the cartilage thins and the surface becomes rougher. For some people, the symptoms can be mild and may come and go. Other people can experience more continuous and severe problems which make it difficult to carry out everyday activities.
Almost any joint can be affected by osteoarthritis, but the condition most often causes problems in the knees, hips and small joints in the hands.
This illness usually includes symptoms like pain, stiffness and lack of flexibility.
The reason for osteoarthritis is still not totally clear, but there are some factors that may affect the cause:
- Joint injury
- Joint abnormalities
- Genetic factors
- Other types of joint disease
The most common treatment options for pain relief is pain killers and exercise as well as manual therapy performed by a physiotherapist or chiropractor. The price for traction therapy varies from 30-80€ per one session: minimum once a month. This makes almost up to €1000 per year.
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