Approximately half of the adult population over 50 years of age shows radiological signs of osteoarthritis of the knee, although it is more common in women, especially after the age of 55.
We talk about osteoarthritis when there is injury to the articular cartilage; this can affect different joints: hip, cervical, lumbar, hand, knee osteoarthritis. . .
The joints are the union between two bones and they allow us to move. The ends of the bones that come together to form the joint are covered by the articular cartilage and at the junction we find the auricular capsule which usually contains the synovial fluid.
When this joint cartilage is injured, pain, stiffness, and functional disability. Osteoarthritis is usually located in the cervical and lumbar spine, some shoulder and finger joints, the hip, the knee, and the joint at the beginning of the big toe.
It is important to differentiate osteoarthritis from arthritis; osteoarthritis is wear and tear and pain is mechanical, while arthritis is inflammation.
The cause of osteoarthritis may be the result of a combination of genetic and environmental factors, although in some cases it is due to a previous trauma, an infection, a congenital malformation. . .
Factors that increase the risk of osteoarthritis are:
If you have the symptoms listed above, your specialist doctor will perform tests to confirm the diagnosis
X-rays and synovial fluid analysis are usually done when there is joint effusion.
Osteoarthritis affects 10% of the Spanish population; approximately half of the adult population over 50 years shows radiological signs of osteoarthritis of the knee, although it is more frequent in women, especially after 55 years old.
Osteoarthritis treatments are focused on: improve pain, slow the progression of the disease, and improve patient’s quality life. Your doctor will recommend the most appropriate treatment for you, but there you are some interesting tips:
For pharmacological treatment are two options:
– Fast acting medications (analgesics and anti-inflammatories) to relieve pain.
– Slow acting medications that, in addition to relieving pain, help to preserve the cartilage and slow disease progression.
– Oral route: condoitrin sulfate, glucosamine sulfate and diacerein
BLISScollagen is indicated for the proper functioning of joints due to its high analgesic and anti-inflammatory, as it increases the cartilage elasticity and improve collagen fibers formation.
Infiltrations: hyaluronic acid is injected into the affected joint.
BIOVISCortho and BIOVISCorthoSINGLE are highly effective and safe products for the reduction of joint pain. They act as a lubricant and cushion for the arthritic joint, the function of the natural synovial fluid.