By Cozette Eldridge, W.P. Co. Field Representative 

Osteoarthritis is a disease that damages the slippery tissue that covers the ends of the bones in a joint. This allows bones to rub together, causing pain, swelling and loss of motion of the joint. Over time, the joint may lose its normal shape.                                               

Unlike some forms of arthritis, osteoarthritis affects only joints and not internal organs. It is the most common type of arthritis. It can occur in any joint.  Stiffness in a joint, swelling or tenderness in joint areas, a crunching feeling or the sound of bone rubbing against bone are the symptoms.                                                                                             Osteoarthritis usually happens gradually over time. Some thing that might make it more likely include being overweight, getting older, an injury to a joint, a genetic defect or stressing on the joints.                                                                                                                             Most doctors use several methods to diagnose the disease and rule out other problems. They will check your medical history, do a physical exam, X-rays of bones or images of the soft tissues in the joints. Other tests include blood tests and exams of the fluid in the joints.                                                                                                                                        

There are many treatments that can help relieve the pain of osteoarthritis. You should talk to your doctor about the best treatments for you.

There are some things you can do to help you live with this painful disease.  Exercise can reduce joint pain and stiffness. It also helps with losing weight, which reduces stress on the joints. Speak to your doctor about a safe, well-rounded exercise program. 

Heat and cold therapies can reduce joint pain and swelling. Nutritional supplements such as glucosamine can help improve symptoms in some people.                                                            Patient education programs, arthritis self-management programs, and arthritis support groups can help you learn about self-care and improve your good-health attitude.


MARCH 11– MARCH 15    

MON. Baked Pork Chops, Baked Yam, Green Beans, Roll, Pears                                                                                                                                       

TUES. Cheeseburger/Bun, Lettuce/Tomato/Onion, Baked Beans, Vegetables, Fruit                                                                                                                                         

WED. Beef Stroganoff/Noodles, Orange Spinach Salad, Squash, Fruit                                                                                                                                   

THUR.  Hot Turkey Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Vegetables, Fruit                                                                                                                                  

FRI. Salmon, Wild Rice/Mushrooms, Bean Combo, Fruit, Dessert