Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease, which affects mostly people of age for more than 40 years. Osteoarthritis needs to be managed at the earliest for a better outcome. Delayed diagnosis and management may lead to poor outcomes and in some cases, surgery becomes the only available treatment.
Osteoarthritis is a condition in which many people are living with pain for many years, which can lead to depression and anxiety in people.
Other than pain there are many other factors that impact your life if OA is not treated:
People are not able to work or need work off due to pain. Osteoarthritis also reduces the performance level of individuals who are suffering. Along with these household activities and routine activities also compromise like:-
- Getting dressed
- Exercise and other activities
- Stair climbing
- Morning or evening walks
- Cleaning the floor
- Sitting on the floor and getting up
If not treated, Joint damage starts deforming the natural joint alignment which further affects the joint. The shape of your leg becomes deformed, and the weight transfer axis shifted and your body weight is transferred through a single point and leads to further damage. The shape of your leg either becomes BOW legs or Knock knees.
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People become less active due to pain and stiff joints and not able to move the joint in full range. Due to less activeness, you are more prone to gain weight.
This extra weight gain causes more pain and also increases the risk for other complications like:-
- Heart disease
Other complications of osteoarthritis include:
- Bone death (osteonecrosis)
- Stress fractures (because of weak bones)
- Bleeding in the joint or infection in joints
- Damage of tendons and ligaments around joints
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