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Whether it be due to injury or infection, we all experience aches, pains and stiffness in our joints from time to time. Yet if these symptoms are persistent, this may be an indication for you to investigate it further.
Arthritis affects 10 million people in the UK alone and occurs in all ages including children. The word ‘Arthritis’ refers to joint pain or disease and is the inflammation of a joint where two bones meet. There are over 100 types of arthritis and joint-related conditions currently recorded, the most common type of arthritis being osteoarthritis.
Although anybody at any age can be diagnosed with this form of arthritis it’s more commonly found in women in their mid-40s. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint but commonly affects joints within your hands, knees, hips and spine.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that contributes to the wear and tear of your cartilage, which acts as a cushion between the bones of your joints.
Over time, as the cartilage wears away, your bones move closer together causing them to rub against each other. This reaction can cause severe inflammation and pain, increasing joint stiffness and restricting your mobility.
Osteoarthritis symptoms can be mild or progress to become severely debilitating. With correct osteoarthritis treatment, this can aid as excellent preventative measures seeing as there is no cure. Osteoarthritis is also referred to as ‘degenerative arthritis’ or ‘wear and tear arthritis’.
Osteoarthritis symptoms tend to develop slowly but can progressively worsen over time. You may experience only one symptom or more and the effects may be mild to severe. Symptoms can include (but not limited to):
Your joint may hurt during or after movement or feel tender when light pressure is applied.
Typically, you may experience joint stiffness in the morning after long periods of inactivity. Swelling caused by inflammation of the soft tissue may attribute to this.
You may hear or feel a popping or crackling sensation as you try to move the joint.
You may experience a lack of flexibility and not have a full range of motion. Bone growths can develop around the affected joint, adding to the pain and inflexibility.
Though joint damage is irreversible, osteoarthritis symptoms can be managed. Remaining active, maintaining a healthy weight plus the introduction of physiotherapy treatments can help.
Physiotherapy treatment can assist in slowing the progression of the disease, reduce pain and improve joint function.
Causes can include (but not limited to):
Injuries sustained from sport, repetitive work or an accident can increase your risk. Also, if injuries are not given time to heal post-surgery this can contribute.
Although there is not an identified gene for the cause of osteoarthritis, it can run in families, inheriting the tendency to develop osteoarthritis symptoms.
Osteoarthritis is more common in women than men, this also hasn’t been identified as to why.
Surplus weight puts extra stress upon your joints and fat tissue produces proteins causing inflammation around your joints.
The risk of developing osteoarthritis becomes greater as you get older.
Between the bones, every joint has a natural shock absorber in the form of cartilage, to help reduce friction within the joints. Osteoarthritis is the progressive breakdown of this cushioning. This degeneration causes discomfort when using the affected joint and although an exact cause isn’t known, the above are factors thought to increase your risk of developing it.
There is no cure for cartilage erosion within joints but osteoarthritis treatment can be received by way of physiotherapy treatment to help improve symptoms over time.
Your physiotherapist may:
To pinpoint the location of the injury a thorough examination will be given. An exploration of family history and any previous injuries sustained can be identified via an in-depth questionnaire.
Observation of performing daily tasks helps to identify the level of difficulty and pain endured. Suggestions are offered for areas of adjustment (at work at home) to ease the strain on your joints.
Exercises will be shown and set for you to complete and repeat. Recommended lifestyle changes may also be shared to aid in keeping weight off and improving overall health.
A blend of both passive treatments such as heat/cold therapy electrotherapy and active treatments such as strengthening/flexibility exercises will be discussed and advised.
Receiving physiotherapy treatment for osteoarthritis will aid in:
• Increasing flexibility
• Strengthening muscles surrounding joints
• Reducing pain and swelling experienced
Our physiotherapists will work with you to formulate a structured exercise plan that can be incorporated into your daily routine to make difficult tasks slightly easier. Manual therapy may also be required to stretch, manipulate and mobilise to encourage joint suppleness and flexibility.
As experienced physiotherapists, our intention is to help reduce your pain and swelling, helping you return to a full range of motion, with greater improved overall health.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned, wish to seek treatment for osteoarthritis, investigate further, or simply have your mind put at ease. Then please do not hesitate to contact our experienced physiotherapists who will be able to guide you on the best course of action and/or treatment.
At CK Physio we are happy to assist in finding ways to help reduce and manage your pain associated with osteoarthritis. From the comfort of your own home, we can provide a virtual consultation to ensure osteoarthritis treatment is the right thing for you.
Contact us today at our physiotherapy clinic at Ealing or via our online booking form to get things moving!