during weight bearing
activities such as standing, walking, etc.
Osteoarthritis occurs commonly as a person ages and it is frequently
seen in persons above the age of 55 years though it can also occur
earlier than this. Before the age of 45 years, it is more common in
males. Genetic predisposition also is one common cause for
osteoarthritis. This condition usually affects the weight bearing joints
such as the knees and hips; it can also affect other joints such as
those of the hands, feet and the spine.
When the osteoarthritis is due to ageing process it is known
as primary osteoarthritis; when there are other conditions
in the background that have triggered this disorder, it is
known as Secondary osteoarthritis. Secondary osteoarthritis
can be caused by any of the following:
Congenital anomalies of the joint
Hormonal disorders (especially Growth hormone disorders)
The common symptoms of Osteoarthritis:
Pain and stiffness of the affected joint
Swelling and warmth of the joint
Creaking of the joint
Pain is usually worse after repetitive use of the joint
Stiffness is usually worse after a long period of inactivity
Pain may occur at rest too (in severe cases)
Limited mobility of joints
Inability to squat
Bony enlargement of small joints of fingers (called
osteoarthritis can cause:
Neck pain and stiffness
Tingling numbness of extremities
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease where the
pathological changes in the joint are almost irreversible.
Homoeopathic medicine can alleviate the pain significantly
but cannot cure the disease completely. Most cases respond
well as far as the long-term pain relief is concerned.
Homoeopathic medicines are definitely suggested for
osteoarthritis, especially for early cases where the
medicines can slow down the degenerative process and offer
considerable pain relief.