Osteoarthritis! Life sentence or Misconception?
As we grow older, naturally our joints will develop age related degenerative changes. However, that does not mean we WILL experience pain as a result.
I have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis (OA) so I WILL have pain.
FACT #1: you can be diagnosed with OA and not experience pain and restriction
While it is true that many sufferers of osteoarthritis do experience pain. It is NOT true that we must feel high levels of pain or any pain at all depending on the severity. Here is a typical scenario which many can relate to:
You start to experience pain in some part of your body e.g. knees or lower back. First thing you try is some over the counter (OTC) medication such as Panadol. If pain improves significantly, you do not seek any further treatment or advice. If pain does not improve, you will consult your General Practitioner (GP) only to be advised to get an Xray and take strong pain relieving / anti-inflammatory medications. You return to your GP for the results of your Xray only to be told that you have Osteoarthritis and that there is NO CURE.
Being given this information creates TWO PROBLEMS. Firstly, you are basically told that you will suffer with your painful condition for the rest of your life. Secondly, you will believe that there is nothing you can do for it other than consume medication. You are left feeling discouraged, helpless and potentially worried what the future will hold.
There is no CURE for Osteoarthritis
Fact #2: It is true that you cannot "CURE" Osteoarthritis however there are many natural therapies which can significantly reduce the pain and restrictions
Seek the assessment and advise of a Physiotherapist when you are diagnosed with OA. Natural techniques such as massage, strengthening exercises, acupuncture / dry needling, joint mobilisations, postural correction, activity modification and mindset re-training can significantly REDUCE pain.
TAKE HOME MESSAGE
DO NOT be discouraged
DO NOT give up
DO NOT believe that there is not hope
YOU CAN do things to help
YOU CAN maintain function
YOU CAN stay active
I hope this post has helped shed some light on a very common condition which will likely impact you or someone in your life. Please like and share this post and spread HOPE to others suffering everyday.
Let's improve health through education and PROACTIVE management.
Wishing you all a lifetime of good health.