What is osteoarthritis?
A basic definition of osteoarthritis is degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone, most common from middle age onward. It causes pain and stiffness, especially in the hip, knee, and thumb joints.
What’s the cause of osteoarthritis?
Basically, over your lifetime you experience injuries and just plain old wear and tear on your body and joints. As you continue to use the injured joints it leads to overuse and the Injury and overuse can lead to osteoarthritis. So in other words, it’s the repetitive movements or injuries to joints (such as a fracture, surgery or ligament tears) that can lead to osteoarthritis. It can and does happen to anybody. It is very common in athletes, for example, repeatedly damage joints, tendons, and ligaments, which can speed cartilage breakdown.
What are the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis symptoms often develop slowly and worsen over time. Signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis include:
- Pain. Affected joints might hurt during or after movement.
- Swelling. This might be caused by soft tissue inflammation around the joint.
- Stiffness. Joint stiffness might be most noticeable upon awakening or after being inactive.
- Tenderness. Your joint might feel tender when you apply light pressure to or near it.
- Loss of flexibility. You might not be able to move your joint through its full range of motion.
- Grinding Feeling. You might feel a sensation of grinding when you use the joint, and you might hear popping or crackling.
- Bone spurs. These extra bits of bone, which feel like hard lumps, can form around the affected joint.
So when you look at the symptoms and you think back to the last time you sat down or got up out of your chair or out of the car, then you’re probably wondering if you have osteoarthritis – Right?
Especially when you think about the number of times you stand up and you hear the old Rick Crispies commercial ‘SNAP – CRACKLE- & POP!’
Now, those sounds don’t always mean you have osteoarthritis, but there’s a good chance that if you’ve had injuries or if you’ve been experiencing the other symptoms combined with the the sounds, then you’re likely in some stage of this challenging
robber of the quality of your life.
There are stages and essentially as you get older or as you continue to use the various joints the stages progress and becomes worse.
One of the worse things you could do is what most people do and that is reaching for a pill to cover up the pain. We won’t go into the details about how the pills and cortisone shots simply cover up the pain and actually makes your joints even worse, accelerating the damage and the consequences. That’s why seeking a natural option to help relieve pain is the smart thing to do and that is why so many people are discovering the exciting benefits of whole-body cryotherapy for osteoarthritis.
WBC is not a cure.
The goal is to get relief from a number of the symptoms and the end result is less pain and a greater quality of life.
A publication on a website shared its finding. The study that had women and men who suffered from osteoarthritis in the group shared very promising outcomes.
The age ranges were from age 29 to 73. The large span in ages is due to the fact that osteoarthritis impacts all ages.
Here is a quote from the study.
“Whole-body cryotherapy resulted in a reduction in the frequency and degree of pain perception in patients with osteoarthritis. WBC reduced the number of analgesic medications in these patients. It improved the range of physical activity and had a positive effect on the well-being of patients.”
The study basically is sharing that WBC not only helped to relieve pain, but it also was helpful in the reduction in taking or using medications.
We do not recommend for anyone to stop taking the prescribed medication from your doctor without consulting with the doctor, but if you can avoid ingesting harmful pharmaceuticals or putting other analgesic ointments that have negative side effects then that is great for you and your loved ones.
Even if you could reduce the use of the harmful prescription or over the counter types of medications then WBC is a great option.
The WBC is great as an addition to your other routines that you use to help get pain relief. In fact, this is what another portion of the study had to say about how effective is whole body cryotherapy for osteoarthritis.
“Whole-body cryotherapy applied within the framework of comprehensive physiotherapy is an effective method in the treatment of osteoarthritis, contributing significantly to improved mobility. The final outcome is definitely better when cryotherapy is used in a long-term therapeutic process. With proper application it does not cause complications and provides a valuable complementary method of primary treatment”
It comes down to this.
There are a number of people who are getting positive results with whole-body cryotherapy in Jax fl. You see the professional athletes using it to help prolong their careers and to help them perform at their best even after injuries and the wear and tear of their extremely physical sports activities.
So if it helps them, then there’s a chance that you too will like the benefits of whole-body cryotherapy.
The best way to find out is to give us a call to ask about one of the cryotherapy therapy wellness packages we’re offering and then make your time to come in and get your treatment program started today.
If you have questions you can give us a call or you can take a look at the FAQ for whole body cryotherapy we have on our site.
We’re excited for the chance to meet you and for you to hopefully become another super satisfied client who comes to us weekly to get the cooling and invigorating healthful benefits provided by Heal Below Zero.
We look forward to speaking with you soon.
One more thing. Even if this just helps you reduce the amount of medication you’re taking because of its many benefits, that alone is worth it. Don’t delay. Give us a call.