Friends, let us tell you that this Osteoarthritis (OA) mainly affects the cartilage, as well as the tissue that protects your bones and that cushions your joints.
OA is a single degenerative disease, meaning that it is likely to get worse over time. However, symptoms can also come and go. And when they get worse for a while and then get better again, it is known as flare-up.
Be aware that a flare-up can appear suddenly and that various factors can trigger it. And this although, with proper management, it is usually temporary.
Be aware that if your symptoms continue to worsen, and that is the case, you may also be experiencing joint deterioration, not just flare-ups.
OA flare-up symptoms
So the symptoms of this OA flare-up can also include:
It should be noted that this increase in joint pain, instead of swollen joints in the affected area, he reduced range of motion, fatigue due to increase in pain.
Note that it is not always clear why flare-ups occur And with that, higher pain levels don’t always indicate more serious joint damage.
So it is however, some people find that the symptoms only get worse for a short time if they:
- such as an injury to the affected joint or joints
- and using this excessive or frequent addition
- there is tension
- And with that is the change in drugs
- feel cold and either that wet weather or that drop in barometric pressure
This OA damages cartilage, and the tissue that cushions your joint during movement. As the cartilage breaks down, and with it, there is friction between the bones. And friends, if there’s too much friction, and that could be the result of a flare-up.
Be aware that osteophytes, or bone spurs, can develop with OA as well so that’s Bone’s spur are very small pieces of the bone that’s a results of inflammations near cartilage and tendons. And with that they usually occur only where bone touches bone.
Be aware that as they grow, they can cause flare-ups of symptoms. And that, sometimes, pieces of bone or cartilage can loosen and cause more pain, swelling, and other symptoms of flare-ups.
And that’s why an OA flare is different from a rheumatoid arthritis (RA) flare. RA is a separate condition. It affects the immune system, and friends the one whose effect falls on the whole body. And in OA, symptoms occur mainly in the affected joint.
Working with your doctor
Be aware that this happens every time you flare up and that is why you may not need to see your doctor.
However, if the pain and other symptoms last longer than a few days, you may want to make an appointment. Your doctor can check for any signs and symptoms that it is progressing, such as loss of flexibility.
Keep in mind that tracking flares through a journal or app can help you, as well as your doctor, monitor the progress of your OA. The information she collects can help inform all decisions you make about treatment.
In addition, your doctor may recommend imaging tests such as X-rays or MRIs. And at the same time, they can help identify changes that may indicate whether you are experiencing a flare-up, long-term damage, and either or both.
Be aware that if the results suggest new changes, your doctor will be able to help you adjust your treatment plan to take into account these.
And friends, over time, flare-ups can become more frequent and symptoms can begin to affect your mobility and quality of life. And with that said, you may want to consider joint replacement surgery itself.
And it should be noted that surgery is usually the last option for treating OA, but many people find that it resolves recurring flare-ups and also reduces pain.
OA Flare Treatment
Friends, let us tell you that the treatment for OA and OA flare-ups usually involves a combination of over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription medications and home remedies. And it is only that you talk to your doctor about the options given below.
Be aware that OTC pain medications are often the first course of action for an OA flare-up.
These non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the most common OTC drugs used to treat pain related to arthritis. These include ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve) as well as creams and either ointments containing NSAIDs or capsaicin.
And also acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be useful and is only beneficial for people who can’t tolerate these NSAIDs. Pain medications do not just treat inflammatory joint disease.
And with that all medications can have adverse effects, and it’s important to talk to a health care professional about which one to choose and how much to take.
Note that if symptoms worsen, whether temporarily and either over a long period of time, these OTC medicines may not provide enough relief.
So it is only in this case, your doctor may prescribe medicine, such as:
- and the prescription-strength NSAIDs
- and tramadol (Ultram)
- and duloxetine (Cymbalta)
- and that corticosteroid injection
The American College of Rheumatology as well as the Arthritis Foundation do not recommend opioids other than tramadol. And note that opioids can have serious adverse effects, and that includes the risk of dependence And friends, for this reason, doctors prohibit their use.
It should be noted that many people find that injecting corticosteroids into a single joint can relieve severe pain for several weeks or months And this though, can have adverse effects from repeated use It is usually not possible to have more than four injections in a year.
Not only this, various home as well as these lifestyle remedies can help in managing OA And that may include:
weight management: As this added weight puts extra pressure on the weight-bearing joint itself, such as your knee, and this can make symptoms worse. And losing that weight can help ease OA symptoms.
Exercise. Explain that these physical therapy and exercises can strengthen the muscles around a joint and at the same time allow them to support it more effectively.
So treatments that may help relieve symptoms during a flare-up include:
- such as heat therapy to reduce stiffness
- And with this, only cold compress for relief from pain.
- and activities to reduce stress like yoga and tai chi with it
- Give it a cane or walker to help with balance
- braces, kinesiology tape, as well as other forms of joint support
- and it rests between activities
Home remedies for an OA flare-up can help reduce the pain, swelling, and accompanying inflammation, but you may also need medication. and also talk to your healthcare provider if you think and that home remedies are not helpful for you
Preventing OA flare-ups
Be aware that this joint damage is irreversible, and it is but preventive measures that can only help reduce your risk of flare-ups as well as long-term damage.
And the best strategy is to work with your doctor to create a treatment plan that includes both these lifestyle measures as well as medical options.
Note that these medications can help relieve symptoms, but they will not prevent damage from occurring This weight management and exercise will be important only in any long-term plan for managing OA.
Note that this an OA flare-up is temporary and symptoms usually improve within a few days. Various options can help you manage an OA flare as well as greatly reduce its impact on your daily life.
Also, if an OA flare-up is affecting your mobility as well as your quality of life, talk to your doctor about the options available to you.