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275 Madison E 40th St.

Contact: 212-986-3888

Osteoarthritis is one of the issues New York’s Spine and Sports Medicine addresses on a daily basis. With a wide range of symptoms, osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, causing joint pain, swelling and reduced motion.

A degenerative condition most commonly associated with people over the age of 45, some question whether regular athletic activity — for example, the impact of feet hitting the pavement or hands hitting a punching bag — can damage joints and result in osteoarthritis years later. Researchers considered the question of whether people who participate in regular athletic activities, but have not sustained any known injury, are at risk for developing osteoarthritis, and in a 1997 article in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage concluded that the condition can occur prematurely in certain sports including soccer, rugby, racket sports, track and field, and long-distance running. Recreational sports done at a “reasonable” level, however, do not increase risk, according to researchers.

“There’s no known cure for osteoarthritis ,” says Dr. Kessler, “but treatments can help to reduce pain and maintain joint movement so that you can go about your daily tasks. Taking steps to actively manage osteoarthritis may help you gain control over your osteoarthritis pain.”

Therapies that manage osteoarthritis pain and improve function include exercise, weight control, rest, pain relief, alternative therapies and, in some cases, surgery.

Labels: arthritis , health , NYC , osteoarthritis , pain management , physical therapy , spine and sports medicine

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