Osteoarthritis is a wear-related, degenerative joint disease that most commonly occurs in old age. We at the Saxon State Baths offer you an effective treatment with the natural remedy radon and explain below how the therapy works. You will also get an overview of the disease here.

What is osteoarthritis?

In osteoarthritis, the joint cartilage is damaged: This acts as a shock absorber during all types of movements and thus ensures pain-free movement. It is located between the two ends of the bone and thus ensures an even load on the respective joint. The cartilage becomes damaged or disappears completely for various reasons: 

This includes, above all, incorrect loading, which leads to wear and tear. Osteoarthritis can occur in all joints; However, it occurs particularly frequently on the hands, fingers, knees, hips or shoulder joints. It manifests itself in joint stiffness and severe pain and often provokes those affected to adopt a protective posture, which further exacerbates the problem. This in turn leads to another poorer blood circulation in the cartilage and its further dismantling. In addition, a protective posture always ensures that there is additional strain on the other joints.

The most common forms of arthrosis are hand and finger joint arthrosis, hip arthrosis, also known as coxarthrosis, and knee arthrosis, also known as gonarthrosis. Osteoarthritis usually progresses in several stages.

Symptoms of osteoarthritis

Joint stiffness and starting pain

One of the first symptoms of osteoarthritis is: Joint stiffness: This is initially noticed by patients, especially when they get up in the morning. Another symptom is the so-called Start-up pain that becomes noticeable when standing up after sitting for a long time. When you take your first steps, you experience pain in your knee or hip and your joints initially feel stiff. However, after prolonged movement, the pain subsides over time.

Weakness in legs and hands

Another symptom you should be aware of is that sudden buckling of the legs while walking; In this case, the knees, hips or even ankles suddenly give way. This weakness can also be noticeable in the hands: most sufferers notice this when doing housework. When grabbing objects fall out of your hand or opening cans suddenly causes problems. Cracking or rubbing noises in the joints indicate possible osteoarthritis. movement restrictions are part of the typical clinical picture: difficulties in putting on and taking off clothes or problems in squatting.

Joint deformities

If joint deformities have already occurred, constant pain is a typical clinical picture. In the late stages, these changes can already be felt from the outside and can be seen with the naked eye. At this stage, patients suffer from severe restrictions on movement and are restricted in everyday life due to the severe pain.

Causes of osteoarthritis

Various factors promote cartilage wear; These include, above all, monotonous movement sequences such as those that occur during hard work or in elite sports. Excess weight is also a factor that promotes the occurrence of osteoarthritis, as the joints have to bear much more weight over the long term. Various congenital misalignments of the joints due to knock-knees or bow-legs also put uneven strain on the cartilage and thus cause problems. Inflammation and injuries, such as the typical sports injury torn ligaments, promote the development of osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis most commonly occurs in people over 50, because by this point the joints had already been exposed to greater stress than in young people. However, wear and tear often occurs for no apparent reason; in this case it is the primary osteoarthritis. Genetic factors are mainly suspected as the cause. secondary osteoarthritis However, it can clearly be attributed to various factors: These include one-sided stress, carrying large loads and long-term sitting.

Treatment of osteoarthritis
with the natural remedy radon

The Bad Brambach mineral springs have a special ingredient - radon, a rare gas of rare quality.

With Bad Brambach radon therapy you can achieve significant pain relief for osteoarthritis. In the first step, we determine from the anamnesis which individual therapy you need so that a lasting improvement in your osteoarthritis symptoms can be achieved.

Pain relief from radon healing water usually lasts up to nine months. The Bad Brambach healing water contains one Combination of radon, carbon dioxide and minerals. The carbonic acid means that the radon can be absorbed particularly well by the body.

At the same time, the natural remedy stimulates the production of pain-relieving substances in the body. For osteoarthritis patients who are often plagued by great pain, This significantly improves the quality of lifeEven months after the end of therapy, many sufferers report less pain from their osteoarthritis.

Another treatment that can permanently relieve the symptoms of arthrosis is the natural volcanic mud pack. The pack is heated to 46 to 48 degrees and then applied to the painful joints. The interaction of the substances contained in it with the heat results in the tissue and muscles being relaxed.

Radon drinking cure

During a drinking treatment, the radon reaches directly into the gastrointestinal tract and has a positive effect. It proves to be particularly effective for degenerative joint diseases such as osteoarthritis and can also be prescribed in combination with spa treatments.

A radon drinking treatment also has a positive effect on numerous other illnesses such as digestive and metabolic problems.

Radon therapy in Bad Brambach

We at the Saxon State Baths offer you spa treatments to relieve your osteoarthritis symptoms. With our radon carbon dioxide full bath, you bathe for 20 minutes in 32 to 36 degrees Celsius warm medicinal water and absorb the radon through both your skin and your respiratory tract.

Diagnosis: Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is diagnosed using an X-ray, ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging. The latter can detect early signs of wear and tear and differentiate between four levels of severity depending on the damage to the cartilage. However, the visible changes do not necessarily provide information about how severe a patient's pain is, as pain can be reduced by building up muscle around the affected joints.

Severity of osteoarthritis

  • Grade I: Discoloration and softening of the cartilage can already be seen.
  • Grade II: The MRI makes the rough surface and small cracks visible.
  • Grade III: A crater-shaped defect can already be identified that extends to the bone.
  • Grade IV: The cartilage has completely disappeared and the exposed bone can be seen.

History of severity

When pain first occurs, the medical history is initially based on questions. The doctor will ask when the pain occurs and how it manifests itself. It is also important to find out when they first appeared and whether there are previous illnesses in the patient's family or whether there was an accident or an operation that could have caused the changes. In addition, the doctor analyzes the patient's gait and mobility and checks the range of motion of the joint as well as pain, swelling and other changes.


The next step is to take an X-ray, although you cannot see the cartilage. In this procedure you can only see changes in the joint space. This means that x-rays only show more advanced osteoarthritis.


Another option is ultrasound, as this also makes capsules and muscles visible. This means that inflammation in the joint mucosa and capsule can be reliably detected. Other diagnoses that can be made include joint effusions or cysts.


The initial stage of osteoarthritis can be revealed using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), as all soft tissue such as cartilage, capsules, tendons, ligaments and muscles are visible.


X-rays are also used in computer tomography (CT). In contrast to classic X-rays, layered images are taken, which provides a more precise insight.


Laboratory tests are also used: blood and urine tests are used to determine various inflammation levels and joint fluid is obtained for examination using a joint puncture.

Risk factors for osteoarthritis

Diverse lifestyles

  • overweight
  • lack of exercise
  • monotonous movements
  • excessive sporting activity (high-performance sports)
  • incorrect diet (low in calcium and protein, but rich in phosphate and phytin)

Genetic factors

  • family history
  • congenital misalignment of the joints

Osteoarthritis: Minimize risk factors

Both the development of osteoarthritis and its progression can be prevented or slowed down by taking appropriate measures. If you have a family history, please note the following points:

  • Avoid extreme sports as this puts disproportionate strain on the joints.
  • Get into the habit early on of avoiding one-sided movements or consciously correcting them.
  • You should also pay attention to your weight to protect your joints.
  • If you have congenital misalignments, you should correct them in good time, for example with orthopedic insoles.
  • Make regular exercise an integral part of your daily routine: special postural gymnastics or physiotherapeutic treatments give you exercises that you can then do yourself at home. This systematic muscle building will permanently relieve the strain on your joints.


Even if your osteoarthritis is already very advanced, exercise is essential because this is the only way to maintain full or partial mobility. In addition to building muscle, regular exercise also produces synovial fluid, which is essential for joints and cartilage. The synovial fluid, also known as synovial lubricant, supplies the cartilage with nutrients and acts like a shock absorber during fast movements. In interaction with muscles and ligaments, this effectively protects against incorrect and overloading of the joints. Ideally, you should integrate healthy movement sequences into your everyday life.

In addition, there are various joint-friendly sports such as swimming, cycling or Nordic walking, which will help you stay fit and flexible for a long time. Swimming is particularly ideal because you can train in the weightlessness of the water without putting any strain on your joints. However, pay attention to correct, healthy movement sequences here too. The same applies to Nordic walking: this sport is only beneficial to your health if you master the technique correctly.


With the right diet, you can prevent inflammation in the body and generally become healthier and fitter. A high proportion of abdominal fat in particular promotes the development of inflammation, a circumstance that can have a negative impact on osteoarthritis. Joint inflammation promotes the breakdown of cartilage and should therefore be avoided. Various foods are particularly beneficial for osteoarthritis: Make sure you consume high-quality proteins, carbohydrates and lots of fruit and vegetables. Because these plant-based food components have an anti-inflammatory effect. Foods rich in vitamins and calcium are also recommended. Also make sure that you consume as much unsaturated fatty acids as possible and generally eat a diet rich in fiber. However, avoid saturated solid acids and hydrogenated fats as well as very fatty cheese as much as possible. Coffee, alcohol and meat also have harmful effects.

Questions about osteoarthritis

How do I effectively prevent osteoarthritis?

Make sure you maintain good posture in everyday life, as this guarantees even stress on your joints. In combination with regular exercise in the form of sports that are gentle on the joints, such as cycling or swimming, as well as a balanced diet, you can reduce your risk of osteoarthritis.

How is osteoarthritis related to age?

Osteoarthritis tends to occur more frequently in older people because their joints have already been exposed to prolonged stress. However, the disease can break out in all age groups, for example caused by accidents or genetic predispositions.

What is the difference from arthritis?

Both diseases cause joint pain, but they are different diseases with different triggers. While osteoarthritis is joint wear and tear, arthritis is an inflammatory disease that is triggered by various pathogens such as bacteria or occurs as a result of an autoimmune disease.

What surgical options are there for osteoarthritis?

If you have severe hip and knee arthrosis, it is possible to replace the hip and knee joints. These artificial joints typically have a lifespan of 15 years.

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