Osteoarthritis is a disease that affects the joints and is linked to cartilage wear in the hands, knees, hips and back. It is then accompanied by symptoms such as loss of mobility, a feeling of stiffness, body aches, swelling in the affected joint or unpleasant joint pain. Thinking we are doing the right thing or simply ignoring the mechanisms that underlie this pathology, we sometimes find ourselves making mistakes that can favor the appearance of ailments or even aggravate them. To deal with it adequately, discover the mistakes and bad habits to banish in case of osteoarthritis.
Mistake 1: Waiting too long before taking action
When the first symptoms are felt, you generally consult your doctor who then prescribes imaging (X-ray or MRI) in order to exclude any other disease sharing symptoms with osteoarthritis. Following this, he can refer you to a specialist (orthopedist, rheumatologist and/or physiotherapist). However, between the time of your first consultation, the time you perform the imaging, the time you see your doctor again and the time you find a specialist who can make an appointment for you, weeks or even months can pass.
However, these are therefore long moments of wandering andwaiting in pain where stiffness has plenty of time to settle! Do not hesitate to ask your doctor to be referred to a specialist as soon as possible. You can also adopt an appropriate treatment, natural remedies, an anti-inflammatory diet or even gentle exercises to prevent muscle atrophy and preserve your joint mobility while waiting to learn more. To put an action plan in motion and reduce his daily suffering, the sooner the better.
Mistake 2: Stop playing sports and stay in bed
Many patients who suffer from osteoarthritis explain that they are ready to return to sport once they are no longer in pain. And it is true that one may be tempted to rest and stay in bed so as not to put too much strain on the painful joint. The problem is that appropriate physical activity without excessive is a treatment for osteoarthritis in its own right ! This makes it possible in particular to limit ankylosis and reduce stiffness. Do not hesitate to favor a low impact sports activity : cycling, walking, swimming, etc. chosen according to the pain and your inflammatory state. Regular muscle strengthening exercises are more than recommended. The key is to know how to get your body started while knowing how to listen to your body and its limits so as not to interfere with your healing.
Good to know for enthusiasts: jogging is not not necessarily to be totally banned ! However, you must have suitable footwear, avoid rough or steep terrain, and adopt a moderate frequency and intensity.
Mistake 3: Abusing anti-inflammatories
Painkillers are certainly useful, but only when they are necessary. It is therefore advisable to limit them in duration, as well as to take them in the lowest possible dosage. In addition to stomach pain associated with taking anti-inflammatories, these drugs also have significant side effects, especially with older audiences. After the age of 65, the cardiovascular or renal risks are, for example, proven. If anti-inflammatories are not enough, it may be necessary to consider more natural remedies, but also infiltrations of corticosteroids or hyaluronic acid for a better benefit/risk ratio.
Mistake 4: Not watching your weight
Patients who are overweight or obese are generally advised not to gain weight and even if possible to lose it. Indeed, in their case, even a gain of one or two kilos can greatly promote joint pain. And there’s no need to put pressure on yourself to lose a lot of weight when you want to reduce daily discomfort. A only 7-10% loss of its initial weight already relieves pain.