Bone and Muscle Specialty Care
BONE AND JOINT CONDITIONS:
A SPECIALIST'S OVERVIEW
Bone and joint conditions affect Malaysians of all ages and backgrounds. In cases where the patient’s mobility is affected, or where pain is experienced, expert and timely intervention is necessary to maintain quality of life. As the range of treatments available continues to expand rapidly, OSC stays at the frontier of medical knowledge, providing a carefully-tailored approach for each patient’s unique circumstances.
Osteoarthritis is perhaps the most common type of joint disease, and can affect your knees, hands, shoulders, spine and hips. While often becoming most pronounced at middle age, osteoarthritis can affect younger patients equally. It is a degenerative disorder with inflammation caused by the progressive breakdown of cartilage in your joints. The most common symptoms are pain, swelling or loss of full motion in the affected joint.
Not to be confused with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that leads to inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues. It happens when your immune system malfunctions and attacks the synovium (the tissue lining your joints). Typical symptoms may include morning stiffness that lasts more than an hour, and pain and swelling of the joints of the hands, feet and wrists.
Acute fractures are usually due to trauma, often associated with sports or accidents at home. Although fractures can involve many bones, typical injury sites are the ankles, feet, and the larger bones of the arms and legs. Older adults are more vulnerable to hip fractures because of balance issues, leading to possible falls.