Osteoarthritis – Can it be Cured & Reversed?
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis, also called OA, is a degenerative joint disease associated with a breakdown of cartilage in joints. It is by far the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis affects up to 10 per cent of the adult and 20 per cent of the elderly population in Singapore.
What are the Causes?
Factors that may contribute to the osteoarthritis include:
The risk of developing OA increases with age. But not always, appear in people over 50.
- Joint injury
Any prevois injuries to bone or cartilage or ligament can increase risk of getting OA.
Using the same joints over and over in a sport and job can result in OA.
Excess weight adds extra stress and pressure on a joint which promote inflammation and finally lead to OA.
- Musculoskeletal abnormalities
Malalignment of bone or joint structures can contribute to faster development of OA.
- Weak muscles
If muscles are not strong enough to support joint and dissipate the joint stress, it can lead to OA.
People with family members who have OA are more likely to develop it.
Women are more likely to develop OA than men.
Can it be Cured and Reversed?
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Shi Qi graduated with Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons), awarded by Anglia Ruskin University, UK. Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP®). She practiced as a physiotherapist in a Malaysian private physiotherapy center with a special interest in musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation. Her previous experience inspired her to combine active approach along with patients’ education to optimize the rehabilitation outcome in sports-related injuries and postural pain.
In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, singing, and playing piano.