Not all medical conditions arise from infection, wrong practices, and weak immune systems. Some may be inevitable due to fixed biological factors, such as abnormalities in hormone production.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is among the diseases that are known to arise from genetic factors, and an article in ScienceDaily.com discusses the influence of hormonal factors in the likelihood of a person developing this condition. The article says that hormonal variances work hand-in-hand with injuries from physical activities in inducing OA.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a major public health problem linked with significant disability in knees and hips. Hormonal factors are thought to play a role, which is thought to account for the well documented difference in prevalence of OA between men and women. Anthropological studies have suggested that there are consistent sex differences in the ratio of the lengths of the index and ring fingers (expressed as 2D:4D), with men showing a lower average 2D:4D than women.
"Although our study's results may in part be explained by joint injuries associated with high-level physical activity in those with a lower 2D:4D and the greater susceptibility of knee OA in response to injury than hip OA, they may also reflect hormonal influences on the growth of bone, cartilage, and soft tissue, which warrants further investigation."
While hormonal factors can pre-determine the occurrence of OA in a person, patients should not immediately jump to the conclusion that their condition was caused by one. In Oshawa, where sports activities bedeck the city center in summer, osteoarthritis is prevalent among individuals who have been or are currently engaged in sports activities. Patients should consult with medical professionals to determine the cause and treatment for their case. They can also explore the option of including Oshawa physiotherapy sessions as part of their treatment.
Getting physiotherapy in Oshawa is something sufferers of osteoarthritis can do to alleviate the disease’s symptoms. Physiotherapy and chiropractic care are safe procedure that involve the physical manipulation of muscles and bone structures to ease ongoing pain, or to provide long-term relief from various symptoms.
In physiotherapy and chiropractic programs, therapists can recommend exercises targeting affected joints and body parts. The health care provider may also prescribe appropriate braces to support the affected joints, or give advice on the proper posture for various activities. Trusted practitioners, such as those from Chiropractic Wellness & Rehabilitation, will also use their manual skills to reduce the amount of swelling and tightness on affected joints, thereby providing pain relief.
(Source: A lower ratio between index, ring fingers is associated with higher risk of developing severe osteoarthritis in the knee, says study, ScienceDaily.com)
Written By Dr. Kris Edwards and Dr. Patricia Riley