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Arthrosis – Seven Mistakes We Should Not Make



Arthrosis – seven mistakes we should not make

Arthrosis and arthritis are among the most common disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Their occurrence is not necessarily related to age. Water skiing, rafting … After spending the holidays like that, many people even the healthiest start to complain of knee pain. And it is in early September that many people hear the diagnosis of arthrosis for the first time.

Often, many choose not to seek specialist’s advice and try to cope with the disease on their own. And of course, they make mistakes. Here are the worst of them, which can have serious consequences:

Mistake № 1
The most foolish thing you can do is try to “activate” the affected joint. As a result, the bone tissue with which the body attempts to strengthen the diseased joint grows more actively.

– What do we do
Arthrosis is a chronic disease -a progressive destruction of the cartilage and bone tissue of the joint. Radical measures in this case will only harm you – you must protect the diseased spot and be especially careful about it. Exercises are useful, but only some types of them- only a specialist can recommend the correct exercises. They must be made in a seated or supine position and the most important – without painful sensations.

Mistake № 2
People fall for massage and although the ill joint is massaged very carefully, that irritates the joint structures. The organism protects itself with inflammation against any aggressive impacts, so besides the arthrosis, another disease can be provoked- an inflammatory disease.

– What do we do
Don’t do any massage, at least not before consulting a doctor.

Mistake № 3
Osteoporosis is often confused with gout, with the consequences of joint trauma or rheumatoid arthritis, and accordingly, inappropriate treatment is applied. For example, taking medications that help with gout and rheumatoid arthritis. And they may even have the opposite of the desired effect.

– What do we do
The doctor must diagnose and then prescribe the right medicine.

Mistake № 4

Improper application of magneto-and laser therapy, ultrasound and electric field etc. treatment can be particularly dangerous. Usually people start these procedures on their own initiative, without consulting a doctor and physiotherapist. The procedures are usually done when the pain increases, the joint becomes inflamed and a fluid appears in it. And no procedures can help such a “hot and humid” joint whatsoever!

-What do we do
Physiotherapy for osteoarthritis should be conducted in a period of remission (when the joint is not inflamed – i.e. it is cold and “dry”).

Mistake № 5

Some people try to cure arthrosis with prolonged fasting. As a result, the cartilage tissue lacks nutrients.

– What do we do
It is important to maintain a normal body weight. Excess weight is a major risk factor for arthrosis of the knee joints.

Mistake № 6

Forget about folk remedies. Many people believe in the healing properties of various potions and in the treatment with hot bricks. These are just warming means. Heat reduces the pain, but does not cure the disease.

– What do we do
Refer to a qualified specialist. In the acute stage of the disease symptom-modifying agents are usually prescribed (e.g. Diclofenac). After 1-2 weeks, they eliminate the pain and inflammation. Over the next six months chondroitin and glucosamine are prescribed and physiological procedures to stop the destruction of the cartilage.

Mistake № 7

Many people associate the disease with the abuse of certain foods or the use of poor quality water. Others blame physical exercises which have caused damage to the joint. Scientists are not yet fully aware of why the destruction of the joint begins. It is believed that arthrosis can be caused by vicious developed of lower limbs, flat-foot, hip dislocation, fractures, severe physical exertion.

– What do we do
Do not search for the cause of the disease where it is not to be found and do not blame yourself for your active lifestyle. Many people engage in sports and have no joint problems. Live your life fully but do not neglect safety and protection if you’re doing extreme sports.