What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis, or OA, is a type of degenerative arthritis, pain and inflammation that affects any joints, wear and tear of cartilage and surrounding soft tissues. Osteoarthritis occurs more common as people aged from mid 40s.
Causes of Osteoarthritis
The cause of osteoarthritis is
– Family History
– Injury from trauma or disease.
– Excessive use over the years
– Repetitive stress loading
– Overweight/ Obesity
– Muscle weakness
Signs and Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that has the potential to cause complete joint cartilage loss and functional disability in years to come.
– Pain and Inflammation on joints
– Red, warm, swelling
– Joint Stiffness: morning stiffness
– Joint deformity, Joint cracking noise
– Weight Bearing Joints may be affected: hip, knees, spine (neck, back), shoulders, hands, jaw
– Osteoarthritis Knee/Hip: Difficulty walking, climbing stairs, squatting or kneeling
– Muscle tightness or aches
Physiotherapy Treatment for Osteoarthritis
There is no cure for osteoarthritis. Physiotherapy is a non-invasive treatment for osteoarthritis that can help to reduce your joint pain and inflammation, restore your joint movements and maintain your strength to prevent worsening osteoarthritis.
At Physioclinic, our physiotherapists will assess arthritis condition and implement treatments such as:
– Pain Relief Treatments
– Supports and Braces
– Exercises: To improve flexibility and strength to reduce stress on joints
– Weight loss program
– Massage Therapy
Physiotherapy treatment is very important for osteoarthritis patients to start early to prevent worsening joint symptoms.