Subchondral sclerosis - Symptoms and Treatment
Subchondral sclerosis is a disease that affects the bones and specifically the joints, of people who have osteoarthritis. Subcrondal sclerosis causes joint pain and numbness due to increased bone density and mass, producing a thin layer of bone beneath the cartilage in the joints. This disease is chronic and painful, but it is easy to detect and includes several different treatments. At OneHowTo.com we'll explain a bit more about the treatments and causes of subchondral sclerosis.
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Subchondral sclerosis treatment
Treatment for subchondral sclerosis can be varied depending on the affected area and intensity of the disease. Below we list some treatment options, but remember to always consult a specialist who will prescribe the appropriate treatment:
- Physical exercises such as swimming and using a stationary bicycle.
- Weight reduction.
- Movement therapy.
- Ozone therapy.
- Supplement your diet with glucosamine, condroiton and methylsulfonylmethane.
- Do strengthening exercises and stretch the muscles that support the back.
- Avoid bad posture and improper body mechanics.
Subchondral sclerosis symptoms
When the acetabular cartilage and the femoral head begin to diminish, it produces subchondral sclerosis, causing the bones to react to the lack of hyaline cartilage. At about 55 years of age, ulcerations and erosions can be observed in the subchondral bone without its cartilaginous lining, even without any known pathological alteration and simply due to normal wear and tear (aging joints). Another symptom of subchondral sclerosis is a decrease in height due to degenerative changes, that results in joint space narrowing. In X-rays, this appears as a sharp white line (increased bone density) in the weight bearing joints, such as the hip socket and the femoral head.
External signs of subchondral sclerosis
Subchondral sclerosis can be detected with radiology, i.e. it's visible in X-rays of the joints and is the result of a reactive bone response, resulting in increased bone density of the underlying articular cartilage bone (that's underneath the joint).
It's typical of osteoarthritis, but can also occur in other diseases. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease which affects most of the mobile joints (hip, spine, hand, knee) and is produced by alterations in the cartilage and subchondral bone and is the result of several diseases with similar symptoms due to the wear and tear of aging.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO doe not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis.We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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- If the pain is very acute, your best option may be surgery to replace the joints. This will eliminate the symptoms.