Erika Davey Answers
Hi, I'm Erika and have been an Orthopedic Physician Assistant for the past 15 years. For the last 12 years, I have been helping an Orthopedic surgeon treat arthritis and do hip and knee replacement surgery. I am also a Health Coach.
Unfortunately, arthritis is irreversible.
Arthritis is loss of the cartilage that covers the ends of your bones where they touch each other. Once you lose that cartilage, it can't be replaced, except with metal and plastic in a joint replacement surgery. There have been and are many ongoing efforts to solve this problem, but so far, once you lose your cartilage, there is no getting it back.
Arthritis is a slow process. Most people who have severe arthritis have had it for 10 years or more, they just haven't felt the symptoms. The body is incredible with it's ability to adjust and hide symptoms.
There are a lot of ways to treat the symptoms of arthritis, including medication, activity modification, keeping an appropriate weight for your body type, low impact aerobic exercise, an assistive device, like a cane, avoiding foods that cause inflammation, stretching, ice, physical therapy and so much more.
Please contact me with any questions or to discuss further. I would love to help in any way I can.