What is Osteoarthritis?
Degenerative joint diseases can affect dogs of all ages and breeds. In summary, a whole series of such degenerative joint diseases is referred to as osteoarthritis. This group of joint diseases is characterized by excessive wear of individual joints, and one such joint disease is the very widespread condition osteoarthritis. Typical of this disease is the degeneration of articular cartilage, the breakdown of cartilage, as well as the appearance of traction at the articular margins and changes in the joint capsule. Although textbooks classify osteoarthritis as a non-inflammatory chronic disease process, it is often associated with mild, permanent inflammation. Generally, two types of osteoarthritis are distinguished, a primary and secondary form of the disease. Primary osteoarthritis is the rarer form of the two manifestations, which results from age-related factors. The reasons leading to this form are largely unknown. The more widespread, secondary form of osteoarthritis arises as a result of changes in the joint that result from previous illnesses or accidents. In this context, misalignments such as hip dysplasia or injuries that lead to joint instability, such as, for example, a cruciate ligament tear, can particularly be mentioned. As a further widespread cause, also infections of the joint play a central role. As a direct result of all these circumstances, there is an unequal load distribution of the cartilage, which is excessively worn down. However, even a normal load, without deformity of the joint, on damaged cartilage can lead to the degree of wear that results in osteoarthritis. In both cases, there is a roughening of the articular surface and possibly also cartilage cracks that can reach to the bone. In this way, pieces broken off from the cartilage trigger, as a further consequence, inflammations of the synovial fluid, which in turn aggravate the situation. The vicious circle triggered in this way is typical of the joint diseases summarized under the generic term arthrosis and, in addition to pain, also leads to a gradual loss of function of the joint function. What must be mentioned in particular in this context are symptoms such as lameness, swelling, pain and limited mobility as precursors of the complete loss of function of the affected joint.
Causes of secondary Osteoarthritis
- Joint fractures
- Joint luxation
- Torn ACL
- Inflammatory joint disease
- Infectious joint disease
- Developmental disorders (e.g., hip dysplasia)
The goal of treatment is to slow down or even stop this process. Another main goal is to keep the quality of life with this painful disease as high as possible in order to enable good management of the symptoms of the disease. In order to achieve these two different goals, the therapy must start on different levels at the same time. On the one hand, the joint metabolism must be stabilized in order to slow down or even stop the progression of cartilage destruction. On the other hand, the pain and inflammation must be reduced, so that pain-free living with the disease becomes possible. In combination, these two approaches offer the opportunity to increase the quality of life despite osteoarthritis.
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