How Does Osteoarthritis Affect People?
Osteoarthritis is very common as we age. The changes are permanent and exist even when there are no symptoms. Osteoarthritis is one of 150 different forms of arthritis for which there are different treatments.
Treatment may include physiotherapy and/or anti-inflammatory medication.
Treatment methods may include gentle passive movement, heat, splints and advice on preventing further joint damage through self-management. Specific exercise prescription is also a proven therapy in the management of arthritis.
What are the Symptoms?
- Recurring pain or tenderness in a joint
- Stiffness, particularly early morning stiffness
- Swelling in a joint
- Obvious redness or heat in a joint
- Inability to move a joint
How Physiotherapy Can Help
Our Physiotherapists are highly trained and skilled in the assessment and treatment of the effects of osteoarthritis. We can:
- Help to reduce pain
- Improve movement and posture
- Strengthen muscles
- Improve independent function
- Assess and treat biomechanical problems that may exacerbate the pain and loss of function