What is Osteoarthritis?

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Article by Sam Moyle

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis. It is often referred to as degenerative arthritis.

Basically, everyday wear and tear damage your joints. The joints show signs of wear: joint cartilage becomes thin, extra bony spurs grow in response to joint stress, and joint motion lessens. In advanced stages, osteoarthritis can be painful, functionally limiting and depressing. 

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Osteoarthritis Cure?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for osteoarthritis. But the good news is that there are some better ways to manage your osteoarthritis and slow the degeneration process.  This will result in making your life easier and more comfortable. Physiotherapy is a very important part of making your life living with osteoarthritis less painful, comfier and keeping you active.

Physiotherapy has been shown by research to reduce the pain and disability associated with arthritis, especially knee osteoarthritis. 

http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2016-096458

Seek the professional and helpful advice of your physiotherapist to start enjoying life again today!

Your Osteoarthritis Diagnosis

X-rays are the simplest test to confirm osteoarthritis. An experienced practitioner will have very good idea of whether you have osteoarthritis when they examine you.

How Does Osteoarthritis Affect Older People?

As you age, most people develop some degree of osteoarthritis. Wear and tear of our joints may occur due to ageing, injury, prolonged microtrauma, overuse of joints, or excess weight. Permanent bony changes occur and will exist even when there are no painful symptoms. 

Your degree of suffering varies. Where as some people may be symptom-free others may suffer continuous disabling pain. The most common is mild or intermittent pain provoked by episodes of increased use or minor trauma.

The joints most commonly affected are the weight bearing joints: hip, knee, ankles, feet and spine. However, osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body and is common in the hands and shoulders. Severe cases may require surgical treatment but most will respond very well to physiotherapy and medication prescribed by your doctor.

Osteoarthritis Symptoms

You can suspect osteoarthritis if you experience one of more of the following symptoms:

  • joint pain or tenderness that intermittently returns
  • stiffness, particularly early morning stiffness
  • joint swelling or deformity
  • obvious joint heat and redness
  • joint movement is difficult.

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For advice on your osteoarthritis diagnosis, self-help tips or the best management of your osteoarthritis, please conatct your physiotherapist or health care professional.

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Osteoarthritis Treatment Options

  • Early Injury Treatment
  • Avoid the HARM Factors
  • Acupuncture and Dry Needling
  • Sub-Acute Soft Tissue Injury Treatment
  • Scapular Stabilisation Exercises
  • Closed Kinetic Chain Exercises
  • Active Foot Posture Correction Exercises
  • Gait Analysis
  • Biomechanical Analysis
  • Balance Enhancement Exercises
  • Proprioception & Balance Exercises
  • Medications?
  • Orthotics
  • Soft Tissue Massage
  • Brace or Support
  • Electrotherapy & Local Modalities
  • Heat Packs
  • Joint Mobilisation Techniques
  • Kinesiology Tape
  • Neurodynamics
  • Strength Exercises
  • Stretching Exercises
  • Supportive Taping & Strapping
  • TENS Machine
  • Video Analysis
  • Yoga
  • Osteoarthritis Products

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    Last updated 08-Sep-2017 01:02 PM

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