Understanding osteoarthritis and how to manage the condition
Members and guests gained a better understanding about osteoarthritis during our meeting on April 9. Pamela Lofgren, DPT, discussed the condition, its most common causes, and some of the methods used to slow or remediate the condition.
Also known as degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage wears away resulting in a bone-on-bone arrangement. Lofgren, show here demonstrating the effect on hip joints, says the condition leads to chronic pain, and affects one's overall health.
Annually, approximately 27 million Americans suffer from some level of osteoarthritis; it affects 50% of people 85 and older, she says. Over age 50, women are more likely than men to experience symptoms. Knees, hips and the lower back are most susceptible to the condition.
Lofgren, who is clinical director at ATI Physical Therapy in New Berlin, cited several contributing factors, including:
1. Age: as we age, there's a greater possibility of degeneration in joints.
2. Genetics. Those whose parents experienced the condition are more susceptible.
3. Previous injuries, especially to joints.
4. Knees and hips are more susceptible from carrying the body's weight.
5. Specific jobs or tasks. For example, if you're constantly kneeling, you're likely to suffer knee issues later.
6. Heavy sports activity takes its toll on hips and knees, as do running, jumping, and landing on hard surfaces.
Diagnosis is often done by X-ray, Lofgren says. An MRI will be ordered if it is believed that soft tissue has been damaged.
There is no cure for osteoarthritis, so it's best to minimize the possibility of the condition developing. Lofgren offers these tips.
1. Maintain good weight; lose weight if need be.
2. Exercise regularly. Even walking is helpful.
3. Maintain good posture. Poor posture puts strain on lower back. Make sure you lift heavy objects properly.
4. Develop a strengthening regimen. Stronger muscles do more of the work, taking stress off the joints.
5. Do yoga and engage in stretching exercises
6. Aerobic exercises and swimming are very helpful.
Lofgren cautions that you should consult with a doctor before staring any exercise program.
Severe symptoms may require physical therapy, chiropractic care or even surgery, she says.
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Welcome to Rotary Club of New Berlin!

New Berlin Rotary Club

2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.
New Berlin Public Library
15105 W. Library Lane
New Berlin, WI  53151
United States of America
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