Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that mostly affects cartilage. In osteoarthritis, the top layer of cartilage breaks down and wears away. This allows bones under the cartilage to rub together. The rubbing causes pain, swelling, and loss of motion of the joint [niams.nih.gov].
Causes of osteoarthritis: foot/arch problems, previous surgery or injury, Being overweight, getting older, joints that are not properly formed and stresses on the joints from certain jobs and playing sports. Individuals who have had surgery have two to three times more incidence of osteoarthritis [niams.nih.gov].
The Joint Preservation Class was created to help patients slow the progression of Osteoarthritis. The class is offered at Henry Ford clinics throughout the Metro Detroit area including Henry Ford Medical Center – Columbus in Novi.
The class focuses on exercising: modifying exercise programs (i.e. bike or swim vs. run/walk), stretching, importance of keeping muscles flexible and strong to protect joint. It also includes education about osteoarthritis and various treatment options.