Osteoarthritis is very a very common degenerative condition and is due to the daily wear and tear on your joints. The joint cartilage is worn away resulting in the growth of bony spurs, resulting in loss of movement within the joint, stiffness, swelling and localised pain. Osteoarthritis of the hip is very common, but it can also affect the knees, spine, hands and other joints. In fact it’s one of the largest causes of pain in the elderly.
Whilst there is no cure for osteoarthritis, managed care can slow the degenerative process. The aim is to reduce the heat, swelling and pain in the joint, as well as improving your range of movement and your quality of life.
BeFit Training Physios help to relieve your osteoarthritis
Your physiotherapist will perform a thorough assessment and if osteoarthritis is suspected, may refer you for an X-Ray. You may also be referred for an appointment with another health practitioner or specialist, as surgery may be required. Depending on the severity of your symptoms and whether you have already had surgery, your customised treatment plan may include ice and heat, strengthening exercises, joint mobilisation, taping and more. Treatment is focused on pain relief and an improvement in flexibility and movement.