Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis.
This form of arthritis is caused by everyday wear and tear damage to your joints. Joint cartilage becomes thin, extra bony spurs grow in response to joint stress, and joint motion lessens. In advanced stages, osteoarthritis is painful and functionally is limiting and depressing.
Is there a cure?
There is no cure for osteoarthritis. However, there are many ways to manage osteoarthritis and slow the degeneration process. Physiotherapy is a very important part of making your life living with osteoarthritis less painful and comfier. Research has shown Physiotherapy is especially successful with knee osteoarthritis.
Your Osteoarthritis Diagnosis
An experienced physiotherapist will have a very good idea of whether you have osteoarthritis when they examine you. X-rays are the most successful way to confirm osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis and the older generation
As you age, most people develop some degree of osteoarthritis. Wear and tear of our joints may occur due to ageing, injury, prolonged micro-trauma, overuse of joints, or excess weight. Permanent bony changes occur and will exist even when there are no painful symptoms.
Some people may be symptom-free while others may suffer continuous disabling pain. The most common is mild or intermittent pain provoked by episodes of increased use or minor trauma.
The most commonly affected joints are the weight-bearing joints: hip, knee, ankle, feet and spine. However, osteoarthritis is also very common in hands and shoulders. Severe cases may require surgical treatment but most will respond very well to physiotherapy and medication prescribed by your doctor.
- 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.
Mend Physio can help you diagnose and manage your osteoarthritis. Contact Mend Physio with any questions you may have.