It is important to recognize early on that the articular cartilage is being damaged. Initially, joint pain usually occurs after unfamiliar activities. If you go to a doctor now and he diagnoses the onset of arthrosis, then the progression can be significantly delayed. Depending on the personal cause of the arthrosis, weight loss, moderate exercise (e.g. cycling, crawling, and backstroke swimming), the correction of malpositions, etc. can have a positive effect on the course. Unfortunately, the clock cannot be turned back, despite various promises of salvation, for example from some dietary supplement manufacturers. You should also know this about osteoarthritis:
Since arthrosis is a degenerative disease that progresses over a long period of time, you should pay attention to the following symptoms in addition to pain in the joint: The symptoms spread, especially under stress, to the surrounding muscles or the attachment area of the tendons. The joint swells and/or has limited mobility.
This will help you to relieve the symptoms and stop the progression of osteoarthritis:
- Move: super important. Swimming, walking, or cycling trains the joints without putting too much strain on them.
- Relieve: If you are (very) overweight, try to lose weight. This relieves your joints.
- Correcting incorrect posture: Legs of unequal length, incorrect positioning of the feet, an improper technique in racquet sports, etc. can lead to one-sided stress and wear and tear on the joints. Bandages, insoles, or targeted training can help.
- Acute complaints: Isn’t a cooling pad enough? Paracetamol has proven itself as a painkiller in osteoarthritis treatment. Sometimes the doctor will also inject a local anesthetic into or around the affected joint. If there is inflammation in the joint, anti-inflammatory drugs (such as acetylsalicylic acid or ibuprofen) and, if necessary, cortisone are often injected into the joint.
- Alternatives: Hyaluronic acid, a natural component of synovial fluid, should be injected directly into the joint to make it more flexible again. However, this is not a permanent solution and statutory health insurers usually do not cover it. Tablets with glycosaminoglycan and/or chondroitin sulfate are also said to help, but there is insufficient scientific evidence for this.