Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease of the joints often found in the hands, spine, hips and knees. It is associated with both a narrowing of space inside a joint and changes to the bone itself.
We often view Osteoarthritis as just a part of growing old and nothing can be done.
This is not entirely true; Osteoarthritis is also associated with factors such as muscle weakness, muscle tightness, poor body alignment and increased body weight which all contribute.
Physiotherapy has helped many people with this condition, altering the amount of force put through joints, reducing pain and improving function.
Your Physiotherapist can use many techniques to help, including:
- Joint mobilisation
- Strength exercises
- Stretching programmes
- Dry needling