What is Osteoarthritis?
How can Physiotherapy Help Me?
Osteoarthritis has no cure and is a long-term condition. It will never go away but with the right treatment symptoms can gradually improve over time. For mild cases symptoms can be managed with simple treatments such as regular exercise and weight loss.
For more severe cases structured exercise plans carried out by or under the supervision of a physiotherapist may be needed. Designed to strengthen the muscles around the joints to reduce inflammation will help to alleviate pain and gradually reduce symptoms.
Get in touch to find out more about how Flex can help design a tailored programme designed by qualified physiotherapists.
Can I Help Myself?
There is no way to prevent osteoarthritis completely, but you can minimise risk by avoiding injury and staying healthy.
Exercise is a great way to stay healthy and we recommend doing 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise 5 times a week. This will help to build up muscle strength and stay healthy. However, overloading your joints through intense exercise such as weight training or running can increase the risk and should be done moderately.
If you regularly work at a desk, ensuing you maintain good posture can help. Make sure you chair is at the correct height and take regular breaks to avoid staying in the same position for too long.
Finally, losing weight can help to lower your risk of developing the condition. Maintaining a healthy weight will reduce the strain on your joints. To find out how to maintain a health diet speak to Flex Health and our qualified nutritionist will point you in the right direction.