How to get rid of Osteoarthritis in France

As more and more people are being diagnosed with Osteoarthritis, including a great number of athletes and elderly, Provence Surgery in France explain what this very real disease is and how to get rid of it. 

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a degeneration of the joint cartilage covering the bone extremities.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide. Osteoarthritis can damage any joint in a body, most frequently knee and hip joints.

In Osteoarthritis the affected surface of the cartilage becomes rough, which creates friction and thereby causes discomfort or pain.

Cartilage functions

The cartilage is an essential component of the joint. It covers the bone extremities and acts as a sort of “protective film” to the joint. Its surface is smooth and polished to facilitate articular movements.

There are two main functions of cartilage: a mechanical reaction: the articular cartilage may gradually crack until it disappears completely, thereby leaving the bones “naked”. The surface of the cartilage, which is normally regular, cracks and crumbles, which may lead to complete segments of cartilage disappearing. And a biological reaction: the cartilage cells (chondrocytes) become hyperactive, thereby increasing cartilage metabolism and producing both collagen and other proteins to try and repair the tissue, but also destruction enzymes. These cells end up depleted and die.  

Factors that may increase the risk of Osteoarthritis

  • Obesity: extra body weight contributes to Osteoarthritis;
  • Genetics;
  • Older age: the risk to have Osteoarthritis increases with age;
  • Certain jobs: for example, occupations that includes tasks that place repetitive stress on a particular joint;
  • Joint injuries: occurred while doing sport or from an accident.

It’s important to mention that women are more likely to have Osteoarthritis.

Surgical Treatment in France​

Nowadays we face more and more cases of Osteoarthritis. We should keep in mind that Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that attacks articulation and worsens over time. When medical treatment doesn’t work anymore, surgery is proposed.

France has made great progress in orthopedic surgery. Your treatment takes place in one of the largest public hospitals in France, at the “Institut du Mouvement” (The Movement Institute) which is headed by Professor Argenson and his world-renowned team of surgeons.

The entire team at Provence Surgery and Marseilles Public Hospitals would be delighted to plan a medical stay for you which is best suited to your needs and expectations. Here, in Provence, it is our objective to offer you the best France has to offer.

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Provence Surgery in La Clotat, France comprises a team of renowned orthopaedic specialists who are dedicated solely to surgery of the knee, hip and shoulder. Based in a high-technology institute dedicated to innovation and research, the clinic offers the latest techniques for hip replacement, knee replacement and shoulder replacement, as well as arthroscopic treatments for knee, hip and shoulder conditions.

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