Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. There are various types of arthritis, osteoarthritis being the most common form. Osteoarthritis (OA or degenerative arthritis) is a skeletal complication caused by cartilage loss in a joint. It can occur anywhere in the body, but the most common sites are hips, knees, elbows, and spine.
Our joints have a natural shock absorber called cartilage. Cartilage is smooth, elastic, and rubber-like material that provides cushioning effect to the bones at joints. It reduces the friction between two bones, making them work smoothly. As people age, their joints become stiff and the cartilage becomes more susceptible to wear and tear.
A pinched nerve is a nerve under pressure that is a compressed nerve or trapped nerve. Often, this pressure is exerted by the surrounding bones or tissues. It can occur due to osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is quite a common condition that occurs when cartilage in the joints becomes worn out due to aging, wear and tear.
Laminectomy is a nerve decompression surgery of the spine. If the arthritis is affecting your nerves in the spine, then surgical decompression of the nerve roots through this surgery may be an option. Spinal arthritis may lead to the formation of bone spurs (osteophytes), which can also be removed in laminectomy.
Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy is a type of motorized traction that can relieve your back pain due to degenerative diseases of bones and joints in the spine such as osteoarthritis, bone spurs, and bulged discs etc. Spinal decompression therapy aims to stretch the spine gently, thereby changing the force and position of the spine.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis differ greatly on the basis of its location and severity. The most common symptoms are pain and stiffness. Some other symptoms may develop in time. The complications of osteoarthritis worse and become severe if it is not treated in time. There is a risk of developing gout and chondrocalcinosis.
Thumb arthritis is a condition when cartilage wears away from the ends of the bones that form the joint at the base of the thumb. As a result, bones rub together, creating friction and harm the joint, causing pain and other symptoms.
Physical activities promote healthy joints and healthy body. Arthritis results in joint pain. Doctors therefore recommend weight loss as the first prescribed treatment procedure to reduce arthritis symptoms such as pain in knees and other joints.