There are many types of arthritis, but for now let's discuss about osteoarthritis.
Joints are where two bones meet. In any give joint (i.e. between two bones) there are cartilages, which are essentially soft bones that allow smoother movement with less impact.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a condition where the cartilages become degenerated.
Now it is a common belief that degeneration of cartilages would cause pain. And yes certainly it can, especially at the severe end of the arthritis. However it is actually well-proven by most respected scientific researches that the amount of pain people experience often has little relationship with the actual severity of degeneration. And MANY, MANY people live out their lives, full lives, entirely unaware of arthritic joints that they would've discovered if they had undergone X-rays.
It is complex why and how some people have minimal pain with arthritis while others experience debilitating symptoms, but two major reasons are:
- natural variation of genetical capability of feeling pain
- one's ability of the body to adapt.
Obviously the second one should be the focus of your management. The body is an amazing machine of adaptation; you just have to provide the right stimuli in order for the adaptation to occur in the positive manner.
If you have arthritis, and unsure of what to do, we can help you. If you think "well nothing can reverse degeneration there is nothing else that can be done other than joint replacement", we would like you to have a chat with one of us, because that doesn't always have to be the case.