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Osteoarthritis in the early stages: the warning signs!

Osteoarthritis is currently the most common joint disease. It is a joint disease that over time leads to the destruction of cartilage, particularly bone and synovial tissue. This degradation is responsible for pain and stiffness and even loss of joint mobility.

Pain is influenced by various factors that can be related to environment, psychology, etc. What makes that arthrosis is not necessarily a disease of the elderly. Let’s take the example of osteoarthritis of the spine, which can already occur during puberty and is therefore also referred to as early osteoarthritis.

What factors can cause early osteoarthritis?

May develop silently and very slowly over time. Premature osteoarthritis can be caused by a variety of factors. Several limitations can therefore be the cause of osteoarthritis, in particular:

Obesity, especially for the knees, which bear the load better. Intense sport practiced by very tall athletes. Untreated or poorly treated trauma

There are different types of osteoarthritis, you can have it in the knee, hip or foot. Mechanical pain can be felt at all of these levels, leading to difficulty walking, handling, etc. How do you recognize the signs of early osteoarthritis?

10 Signs of Early Osteoarthritis!

Any joint pain that is detected early can be a sign of premature arthrosis. Apart from joint pain with certain movements, which is the first symptom, other signs can be those of osteoarthritis:

It’s important to pay a little attention to creaking, which isn’t necessarily an alarming sign. However, when these symptoms are mixed with other clinical signs, there is an urgent need to listen to them carefully.

Joints that stiffen upon waking

If you feel stiff in the morning, right after waking up, after a period of rest or after a certain amount of immobility, these are signs of osteoarthritis. This stiffness is most common with osteoarthritis.

Joints that begin to deform

Finger deformity is usually a particular condition associated with osteoarthritis. This condition can specifically affect the hands, which we call digital osteoarthritis. According to figures, this form of osteoarthritis affects about 35% of women compared to 25% of men. Most often, osteoarthritis promotes knots in the joints.

The amount of cartilage that begins to shrink

The infestation or reduction of the cartilage can be recognized very quickly in an X-ray of the joints. Which gives us a diagnosis of osteoarthritis very quickly. Appropriate treatments for pain relief can then be offered.

Muscle pain that gradually progresses

Between moments of calm and very severe pain, arthrosis has the particularity of being gradually triggered in flares. For this reason, it must be diagnosed as early as possible to avoid damage.

Similar pain in all affected joints

Whether for the ankles, wrists, and hands, the joint structures gradually deteriorate and tend to cause stiffness, edema, and symmetrical pain. It is important to emphasize that osteoarthritis is an inflammatory attack on the joints.

Some joints are affected

Osteoarthritis in the neck, back, knees, fingers and hips are the most common forms. We can also speak of osteoarthritis in the shoulder, wrist, elbow and ankle.

Parrot’s beaks, also known as bone spurs, are bony growths that develop around a joint or, for example, on a back where the cartilage is malfunctioning in people suffering from osteoarthritis. This is a situation that is common in people suffering from osteoarthritis.

* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.

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