Osteoarthritis - Causes, Symptoms and Osteoarthritis Pain Relief:

What Is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, especially among older people. Sometimes it is called degenerative joint disease or osteoarthrosis.

Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that mostly affects the cartilage. Cartilage is the slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones in a joint. Healthy cartilage allows bones to glide over one another. It also absorbs energy from the shock of physical movement. In osteoarthritis, the surface layer of cartilage breaks down and wears away. This allows bones under the cartilage to rub together, causing pain, swelling, and loss of motion of the joint. Over time, the joint may lose its normal shape. Also, bone spurs--small growths called osteophytes--may grow on the edges of the joint. Bits of bone or cartilage can break off and float inside the joint space. This causes more pain and damage.

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis may include:

Joint symptoms
Joint pain
Joint stiffness
Joint tenderness
Tenderness around joint
Joint pain worse with exercise
Difficulty moving
Slow movement
Morning stiffness
Joint stiffness improves with movement
Crunching feeling
Crunching sound
Joint grating sensations
Swollen joints
Joint locking

Not everyone with osteoarthritis feels pain. Although the symptoms differ between sufferers.

Pain Relief for Osteoarthritis with Pain Relief Cushions...

As Osteoarthritis causes the cartilage that protects the ends of the bones to break down, this causes pain and swelling. The use of these cushions for Osteoarthritis involves applying heat or cold to joints to improve the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Heat may work by improving circulation and relaxing muscles, while cold may numb the pain, decrease swelling, constrict blood vessels and block nerve impulses to the joint.

The symptoms of osteoarthritis are typically aggravated by activity and alleviated by rest. However, excessive inactivity can lead to a loss of muscle mass and a loss of joint function. If arthritis flares up and causes marked pain and inflammation, a doctor may recommend rest for 12 to 24 hours. Follow this with either regular activity or some gentle exercise improves flexibility and strengthens the muscles surrounding the joints. People who exercise regularly despite their arthritis will typically have less pain and better function than those who are inactive.

Most of our cushions can be used well for Osteoarthritis pain relief, including:

Osteoarthritis Pain ReliefThe 'Combination' cushion sits perfectly for those experiencing Osteoarthritis pain in the neck, shoulder and upper back areas. Versatile cushion which can cover a large area.
Read more... Combination Cushion for Osteoarthritis Pain Relief

Osteoarthritis Pain ReliefThe 'Long Cushion' is again ideal for Osteoarthritis pain relief. It wraps around joints, including the knee, shoulder, neck, hip and ankle areas.
Read more... Long Cushion for Osteoarthritis Pain Relief

The information on PainReliefCushions is not intended as a substitute for medical professional help or advice but is to be used only as an aid in understanding certain conditions. A physician should always be consulted for back pain or any health problem.