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What Causes Osteoarthritis?

What Causes Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis, a chronic joint condition, is actually the most common type of arthritis. And, even though it usually shows up in people over 60, it can actually affect people who are far younger. To understand why this is so, it helps to understand what causes osteoarthritis. 

At Performance Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, in Toms River and Shrewsbury, New Jersey, we pride ourselves on offering a wide range of medications and treatments for all of your health needs. That’s why we’ve composed this helpful guide to osteoarthritis, its causes, and treatments.  

What is osteoarthritis?

A condition that currently affects 27 million people, osteoarthritis is a condition where the cartilage, or the pliable tissues that cushion your joints, becomes damaged. This leads to symptoms like:

In addition to pain in your joints, you may also feel some tenderness in the area around your affected joints. You may also notice that the pain is worse with certain activities and with different weather conditions. 

Causes of osteoarthritis 

Certain factors can cause or put you at risk for developing osteoarthritis, and they include:

How we treat osteoarthritis

Most patients with osteoarthritis are advised to turn to NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories. While these medications do reduce the inflammation and pain that comes with osteoarthritis, they are harsh on the body, especially when used for prolonged periods of time. 

We can provide you with more information on nutrition counseling and medications, so call our pharmacy at 732-691-4898, or book an appointment online to start treating your osteoarthritis in a way that’s both gentle and effective today. 

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