You probably know somebody, or many somebodies, living with osteoarthritis. Sometimes called a degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common chronic conditions of the joints, affecting millions of people across the globe. Like many, I once thought OA was something that came naturally with age, something you couldn’t do much about, that would require reliance on pain medications and would greatly affect quality of life.
After years of working with patients, I realized a few key things about OA: It’s made worse by inflammation that starts elsewhere in the body, stress and traumatic experiences have a large impact, and conventional treatments like surgery may not be your best option. Here’s why: