This is the most prevalent form of arthritis we address at our clinic.
Osteoarthritis arises from the gradual degradation of joint cartilage due to wear and tear, but infections or injuries can accelerate this process. If untreated, it can lead to inflammation and even alter the shape of the bones and connective tissues within the joint. Over time, this can result in decreased joint functionality and make everyday movements more difficult and painful.
Advanced osteoarthritis may also lead to bone spurs, further restricting mobility and causing additional discomfort.
In this case, the body’s immune system targets the lining of the joint capsule. This leads to inflammation and eventually erodes the bone and cartilage. Risk factors include age, family history, and gender, with women being more susceptible.
Lifestyle factors like obesity and previous injuries can also trigger this form of arthritis.
If not properly managed, rheumatoid arthritis can lead to deformities in the affected joints, affecting your quality of life. The inflammation may also spread to other tissues and organs, causing systemic issues that go beyond joint pain.
Consequences of severe arthritis
Severe forms of arthritis can cause chronic pain, making daily activities challenging. The condition can make simple tasks like walking or climbing stairs excruciating due to restricted joint flexibility. Some forms can even affect other parts of the body, such as the skin, eyes, lungs, heart, and kidneys. Therefore, it’s crucial to consult our physiotherapists at our physiotherapy clinic in Brampton and Oakville for an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment plan.