Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that can affect the many tissues Historically, osteoarthritis (OA) was known as a “wear and tear” condition, generally associated with aging. But we know now that it is a disease of the entire joint, including bone, cartilage, ligaments, fat and the tissues lining the joint (the synovium). Osteoarthritis can degrade cartilage, change bone shape and cause inflammation, resulting in pain, stiffness and loss of mobility at the joint
Symptoms tend to build over time rather than show up suddenly. They include
There is no cure for OA, but there are ways to manage OA to minimise pain. Physiotherapists work along side a medical team for a wholistic plan. Lifting weights and lower impact exercise can in fact decrease pain and the risk of fracture by increasing bone strength. .A load larger than normal must be exposed for any physiological system to improve its function. Your physiotherapist will design an appropriate exercise program. This will reduce the risk of falls and fall-related fractures as the exercise will lead to stronger bones and muscles.
For all those who are suffering from OA there is no single exercise regimen. Based on a medical evaluation of muscle strength, fracture risk, level of physical activity, range of motion, gait, fitness, and balance each regimen for the individual patient should be specially tailored.
In re-enablement and assessment physiotherapist’s have specialist skills. To prevent falls, reduce fear of falling, boost self-confidence, improve balance, and promote healthy and active lifestyles, they can provide evidence-based advice programmes, education and exercise.
If you would like to learn more about our services, or have some questions regarding our treatment options in our Mount Lawley clinic, feel free to give us a call.
You can reach us at (08) 9271 8805 and one of our friendly team members will be happy to answer your questions.