Osteoarthritis (OA), also referred to as spondyloarthritis or degenerative joint disease, is the most common form of arthritis occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of the bones wears down over time. It may affect any joint of the body, although it mostly affects the joints of the spine, hands, hips and knees. Many joints may get affected. The longer life span of individuals of our part of the world has made this disease an ever more frequent and common condition. If a precisely balanced body is maintained, it can conserve mobility and lessen down or even reverse the elements causing degeneration.
Osteoarthritis occurs more commonly in males before the age of 45 years and after the age of 55 years it occurs more commonly in females. Recent studies identified the disease in 10% of children under the age of 10 years of age. Damage from mechanical stress with insufficient self repair by joints is believed to be the primary cause of the disease. Sources of this stress may include misalignments of bones caused by congenital causes, pathogenic causes, loss of strength in the muscles supporting a joint or mechanical injury; excess body weight and impairment of peripheral nerves, leading to sudden or uncoordinated movements. Changes in sex hormone play a role in the development of OA as it is more prevalent among post-menopausal women than among men of the same age.
Signs and Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of Osteoarthritis include cracking or grating sensation on moving head, neck or joint, decreased movement or stiffness of the neck or lower part of the back, morning stiffness, loss of overall flexibility, pain of neck and back as well as other joints for more than six weeks time and feeling or sensation of getting shorter.
KKT diagnostic procedure for Osteoarthritis involves detail history, thorough physical evaluation and 3D X rays of spine. Canadian Certified KKT Orthopedic Surgeons may ask for other investigations like X rays, MRI, Blood Tests and Joint fluid Analysis for accurate diagnosis and further work up.
In past people mostly consider Osteoarthritis to be age-linked and inevitable but appropriate clinical management and KKT propose that the impact of this debilitating condition can be halted if not reversed. Early diagnosis and treatment at KKT Orthopedic Sine Center can decrease the occurrence of the lifelong limitations once linked with this disease. The presence of spinal degeneration, arthritis, spondylosis indicates that the noted pain is a result of damage started occurring a long time ago. KKT treatment addresses the root cause of disease and arrests the progression of the disease, relieves pain and improves joint function by repositioning the asymmetrical spine back to its normal symmetrical positions. The devastating affects disease can be successfully managed with a combination of KKT treatment, specialized exercise program and lifestyle modifications.
The KKT treatment also plays an integral role in exciting the connective tissues of the spine to endorse regeneration of cells.