October 12th, World Day of osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the joints. It causes pain, swelling and prevents normally perform some everyday movements such as opening and closing the hands or down stairs.
The main symptoms are pain when moving the joint, joint stiffness after a period of rest, numbness or swelling and creaking or grinding sensation when making a move.
That is why the organization of World Arthritis Day this year has chosen the motto ?? Living better for aging well ??, which means putting some healthier habits in day to day to maintain a good quality of life as advancing age.
In the case of patients with rheumatic diseases such as osteoarthritis, these healthy habits result in three keys:
An active lifestyle and practice of daily exercise to prevent overloading the joints.
A low in saturated fat and sugar and high in fiber, vitamin C and balanced Omega-3 Diet
A positive attitude while the support of others can be of great help to cope with the disease and achieve emotional wellness
All this care can help improve the symptoms of the disease but according to the degree of osteoarthritis and its location, it is often necessary to combine these therapies with medication, either with anti-inflammatories or painkillers in the phases of the disease in which there is more pain medications or protectors of the joint, such as chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine to treat osteoarthritis specific long-term and relieve pain, improve mobility and are able to stop the deterioration of the joint.