There are a variety of reasons people may require joint replacement surgery. One of those is degenerative joint disease, commonly referred to as “osteoarthritis”, a condition in which the shock-absorbing cartilage that cushions joints becomes inflamed, breaks down, and is eventually lost.
The primary cause for degenerative joint disease is age and general wear and tear incurred due to the body’s natural aging process. However, certain factors can cause or exacerbate this condition, such as:
- Frequently lifting heavy objects or making strenuous movements
- Congenital joint malformation
- Genetic predisposition and gender, as women are more likely to have osteoarthritis
- Joint injuries or unexpected traumas, such as those from car accidents or sports.
- Lack of exercise and regular activity
Common symptoms of osteoarthritis include:
- Pain and stiffness around the affected area, especially in the morning or after inactivity
- Localized swelling, redness and tenderness
- Limited mobility
- Bone spurs
- A grating sensation when trying to move a joint
Joint replacement surgery removes a diseased joint and surgically replaces it with a prosthesis. The prosthesis can be plastic, metal, or ceramic, and works in the same way as a natural joint. The joints that are replaced most often are hips and knees. However more and more shoulder, elbow, wrist, and ankle joint replacements are being performed.
Bio-Touch helps alleviate joint pain and other symptoms leading to replacement. And Bio-Touch also eases pain and swelling that can occur post surgery. While not a substitute for standard medical care, Bio-Touch is an effective complement to medical protocols. Family members and friends can learn how to help reduce pain and inflammation using Bio-Touch, without being concerned about negative side effects.