Arthrosis as it’s commonly known is a degenerative joint disease or wearing of the joints. Although the word wear may not be the correct term to describe the condition. In this blog we will explain to you exactly what arthrosis is.
Arthrosis is a condition in which the quality of the cartilage diminishes. A joint exists out of two opposing bones which ends are covered with cartilage. This cartilage makes sure that the joint can move smoothly. With arthritis the quality of this cartilage gets affected, it gets damaged, erodes, or wears away completely. This may lead to a change to the joint which can cause extra strain on the surrounding muscles and tendons. Arthrosis can for example occur in the neck, knees, hips, back and hands.
Just about anyone who ages can be affected by arthrosis. This is because it is a natural part of the ageing process, also known as the degenerative process. That is why wear is a strange term: wear suggests that something is ‘broken or damaged’, while arthrosis is a natural ageing process in which ‘damage’ doesn’t play a part. Arthrosis occurs more commonly in elderly people, women suffer from this condition more often than men, overweight people, people who do hard physical labour, people who have a family history of arthritis and even people who have suffered an injury in the past (like a bone fracture). Most often it is a combination of several factors.
It is good to know that the amount of pain you are in doesn’t necessarily correspond to the severity of the arthrosis. What we mean by that is that someone can be in an excessive amount of pain, however on an x-ray there is only a small amount of arthrosis that can be seen. Sometimes this works the other way too, where someone has almost no pain at all but x-rays show a lot of arthrosic erosion.
People who have arthrosis are often dealing with pain and stiffness. One of its characteristics is the pain accompanied with moving after a period of rest. For example when you have been sitting for an extended period of time and then want to get up to walk. When the weather is cold and humid you will notice your symptoms like pain and stiffness worsen. You may notice it becomes harder to move with ease, you may experience pain, gelling or locking with inactivity, loss of muscle strength, a feeling of instability and a cracking sound in your joints.
Do you recognise any of these symptoms or would you like to learn more about arthrosis? Then we would like to invite you for a free consultation. We welcome you every Monday between 17:00 and 18:00 o’clock for this free consultation on Oosteinde 225 in Delft where you can present us with your questions or queries.