It just hurts!
The main symptoms of osteoarthritis are pain, stiffness and swelling.
The pain tends to be worse when you move or load the joint.
The muscles that move and protect the joint gradually weaken and this becomes the dominant factor in ongoing arthritic pain and disability.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition where the cartilage covering the ends of the bones gradually roughens and becomes thin. Hip and Knee joint OA are very prevalent as we age, starting to limit our mobility.
Osteoarthritis doesn’t spread through the body. However, one joint moving out of its normal alignment may lead to uneven loading of other joints. This could result in osteoarthritis in other joints.
How can Physiotherapy help your pain?
There is overwhelming evidence that strengthening the muscles around an arthritic joint will greatly help to reduce your pain and may assist you to avoid or delay a joint replacement. The key is to be consistent and stick to your exercise routine.
We work with you to identify the key factors associated with your pain and find a solution related to the way you move and exercise