OA is the most common form of arthritis and is the leading cause of disability amongst older adults.
The knees, hips and hands are the most commonly affected joints within the body. OA is characterised by pathology that involves the whole joint including cartilage degradation, bone remodelling, osteophyte formation and synovial inflammation that leads to pain, stiffness and loss of normal joint function.
Treatment and management of OA has been recognised as being a combination of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions including exercise, balance training and self-management programs.
Addressing weight, diet and sources of stress are also high contributing factors. So how does physiotherapy help manage OA?
Move It or Lose It!
Pain limits your ability to be physically active, which is important for keeping muscles strong. Decline in physical activity progressively weakens surround muscles, leading to higher joint loads and associated pain.
Walking, stationary bike and hydro-based exercise have all been recognised as safe forms of aerobic exercise for those with OA, these used in conjunction with a management plan guided by a physiotherapist that aims to build muscle strength and distribute load evenly through joints and muscles is an effective way to manage symptoms of OA.
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