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Information on Osteoarthritis


Description

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of joint disease. Osteoarthritis is the leading cause of disability in those over age 65. Osteoarthritis involves progressive loss of articular cartilage and reactive changes at joint margins and in subchondral bone.

Causes

Primary osteoarthritis is idiopathic (of unkown cause) and is divided into subsets depending on clinical features.

Secondary osteoarthritis can be caused by several mechanisms, including: Childhood anatomic abnormalities (e.g., congenital hip dysplasia, slipped femoral epiphyses); Inheritable metabolic disorders (e.g., alkaptonuria, Wilson's disease, hemochromatosis); Neuropathic arthropathy (Charcot's joints); Hemophilic arthropathy; Acromegalic arthropathy; Paget's disease; Hyperparathyroidism; Noninfectious inflammatory arthritis (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthropathies); Gout, calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease (pseudogout); Septic or tuberculous arthritis; and Post-traumatic.

Biomechanical, biochemical, inflammatory, and immunological factors are all implicated in pathogenesis of osteoarthritis. Risk factors include: Age over 50; Obesity (weight bearing joints); Prolonged occupational or sports stress (Injury to a joint).

Conventional Labs

Standard lab tests are not helpful.

Joint aspiration may be helpful to distinguish between OA and chronic inflammatory arthritides. OA shows cell count usually < 500 cells/mm3, predominantly mononuclear. Inflammatory arthritis shows cell counts usually > 2000 cells/mm3, predominantly neutrophils.

Synovial fluid may have a slightly increased white blood cell count, predominantly mononuclear. Calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate and/or apatite crystals may occasionally be seen in effusions and require polarized light microscopy or special techniques to see. X-rays are usually normal early. Later they often show narrowed joint space, osteophyte formation, subchondral bony sclerosis, and cyst formation. Erosions may occur on surface of distal interphalangeal (DIP) and proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joints when OA is associated with inflammation (erosive osteoarthritis).

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Natural Therapies

Most natural health web sites put a list of herbs, vitamins and nutritional supplements along with citations from scientific studies.

Have you found this to be confusing, since there are so many to choose from?

A far simpler way is to choose a supplement from the appropriate body system, such as liver support, detoxification, etc.
A well formulated supplement works a lot better than separate vitamins and usually costs a lot less.
Please call me at (239) 659-2684 if you would like some assistance in choosing an appropriate product.

I can't diagnose or treat diseases by phone, but I can assist you in making better choices. I also can send some relevant articles to read. The first ten minutes are free (as long as you purchase from my web site).

What's your next step?

The next step, after you have been diagnosed with a disease, is to find out what is the specific cause, and then choose supplements that address it. Phone consults are my specialty. Please call my at (239) 659-2684 to schedule a consultation.

The choice is yours

I recommend that you make an informed choice, and the goal of this web site is to provide you with the information to make a wise choice when it comes to your health and wellness.

As you can see, I don't sell any vitamins on this web site. There are thousands of vitamin stores that will sell you whatever vitamin you want, and many of them offer discounts.

If you are interested in some high-quality basic nutritional supplements, I recommend visiting the Store You will find my recommendations for a multiple, tasty chewable fiber wafers, high-potency probiotics, and fish oils.

Good luck in your journey towards health and wellness!!

Why don't you tell me what vitamins to take for this disease?

Unfortunately, that would be a clear violation of FDA regulations. Also, one of the most important aspect of naturopathy is: "Treat the person, not the disease". This is a profound statement, and many people have spent thousands of dollars on vitamins listed in books or web sites for a specific disease. This is what I call "vending machine medicine". It rarely works! The solution is to find a naturopathic physician, such as myself, to assist you.


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