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Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis affects one in three adults over the age of 65. It can be a debilitating disease characterized by joint stiffness and pain. Osteoarthritis is caused when the cartilage between the bones of a joint becomes damaged or degenerates. Though arthritis can occur in any joint it usually occurs in the hands or spinal column or in weight bearing joints such as hips or knees. Though there is no cure for this disease, there are treatments to ameliorate the symptoms. One of the best treatments for osteoarthritis is exercise. Exercise can relieve joint stiffness and pain and can also help control weight. Excess weight can stress joints and make the disease worse. Midas Creek Home Health Care has physical therapist that can provide a patient with exercises that are tailored to the patients specific needs. They can also recommend either heat or cold therapy to help alleviate pain and make osteoarthritis less of a concern for the patient.