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“Oh, my aching joints!” (Part 1)

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Part 1 of 2

There’s good reason why we hear this so often. Osteoarthritis (known as OA) is the most common musculoskeletal disease in the world and a prevalent factor in work absences, temporary or permanent disability, hospital admissions, and use of pain-management drugs. While OA can develop in any joint, the knee is most typically affected.

OA develops in response to a chronic inflammatory response in which there is progressive deterioration of the cartilage and narrowing of the joint space. The mechanical function of the entire joint, including adjacent bone and soft tissue (ligaments, muscles, and tendons), can become impaired. This can lead to pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joint. There may also be stiffness or cramping in the adjacent muscles. Factors that cause OA include:

  • joint injury
  • overuse related to sport, physical activity, or job conditions
  • obesity
  • age (particularly over age 50)
  • smoking
  • lack of exercise or excessive exercise
  • diabetes
  • hormonal changes related to menopause

If you feel that OA is something you may deal with, stay tuned! We will be discussing treatment options (both at-home and professional) in a blog post coming later this week.

Since 2002, we have been treating patients for a number of ailments, many of whom have been or are dealing with osteoarthritis. We have seen great improvements in our patients and would love to help you with what you’re dealing with as well. Our office is located in South Central Austin, Texas. Give us a call, we’d love to see you and get to the source of what you’re dealing with.

Douglas and Vanessa Rutkowski, LAc, Dipl OM, MSOM, ACN, ART Practitioners

Tigerlily Wellness & Acupuncture

2111 Dickson Drive, Ste. 26

Austin, TX 78704


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