Arthritis is the inflammation of a person’s joints and Osteoarthritis is actually the most common type of arthritis and is known to be caused when a joint deteriorates. Generally, joints such as the hips and knees are often affected since they’re weight-bearing joints. However, you can suffer from it in other joints too including the spine and shoulders.
Osteoarthritis can affect your daily routine and activities and if this is the case it’s generally considered a good idea to visit a physiotherapist for relief and help with your Osteoarthritis. Therapists fully understand this form of arthritis as well as its complications and know which type of treatments can help improve range of motion and lessen the pain.
In some instances, simple physical activity such as walking, swimming and biking can help deal with osteoarthritis as well as help you lose weight and lead a healthy lifestyle. This could be quite helpful since obesity can sometimes be associated with the affliction.
Cartilage is a rubbery type of substance which coats the bones of your joints and it’s designed to help cut down on friction between the bones when they’re moved. In addition synovial fluid can be found in your joints and this is also there to help with the ease of movement. If the protective fluid and cartilage should happen to deteriorate your bones will rub against each other when moving and this can lead to pain.
Medical experts aren’t exactly sure what causes osteoarthritis but research suggests that aging is a major contributor as well as genetics, past injuries, obesity, sports and repetitive movements such as bending, twisting, kneeling and squatting etc.
Typical symptoms of osteoarthritis are stiffness, pain, creaking, cracking and/or other noises in the joints but swelling and redness doesn’t usually occur.Osteoarthritis is usually diagnosed by X-rays but a good physical therapist can usually tell if you’re suffering from it without the need of A-rays.
Physiotherapy For Osteoarthritis
Physical therapy is a well known treatment for osteoarthritis and it could help you to avoid having surgery. Since the progression and symptoms of the affliction are different for everybody you’ll have an individualized treatment program created specifically for you.
A therapist will examine you to see which symptoms you’re suffering from and observe which daily activities are proving difficult for you. A personalized exercise program is usually drawn up to address your specific needs and help improve your range of motion. This could include strengthening and aerobic exercises which will also help improve your overall health. A home-exercise program can also be assigned. In addition, hands-on therapy may also be used such as massage.
Since it’s not possible to always prevent osteoarthritis therapy is often used to slow its progression and to engage in a healthy lifestyle. Muscle strengthening and proper movement techniques are also important as they help reduce stress on your joints. Therapy is designed to reduce pain while increase your movement, flexibility and strength.
About FIT Physiotherapy
FIT Physiotherapy is a physiotherapy clinic in Newmarket, Ontario. We specialize in physiotherapy for chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis. For more information on how physiotherapy can help with osteoarthritis please don’t hesitate to contact our team of professionals at Fit Physiotherapy.