What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease. This common condition can occur in the knees, hips, lower back and neck, and the small joints of the fingers, thumbs, and toes. Typically, a person with osteoarthritis will experience joint pain and stiffness. The joints may also become swollen particularly after an extended period of activity. The persistent pain and stiffness can result in a sufferer taking part in less physical activities and in turn contribute to feelings of depression.
Common causes of Osteoarthritis:
The exact cause of osteoarthritis is unknown, however there are certain factors which put you at a higher risk of developing the condition. These include:
- Joint injury
- Family history
- Other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis
How do you treat Osteoarthritis?
While there is no cure for osteoarthritis, the pain, swelling and discomfort can be managed so that you are able to achieve a better quality of life. It is not usual for the pain to get worse over time, and there are several treatments that can relieve symptoms, making daily, functional activities easier.
Living a healthy lifestyle is highly recommended as part of treating osteoarthritis. If you are overweight, then you will put more strain on your joints (particularly your knees and hips) so maintaining a healthy weight will ensure that you are avoiding any unnecessary wear and tear to the joints. It is also important to exercise regularly. While you may find it difficult to exercise without pain, there are ways of adapting exercises so that you are able to keep fit without further damaging the joints or causing pain.
Physiotherapy is a highly useful for those suffering with osteoarthritis. There are a wide range of treatments available which can support your pain management. These include: manual therapy; active therapy; acupuncture and exercise. These treatments will help to manage the pain while also strengthening muscles and improving joint movement.
At Flex Health, our team of highly trained rehabilitators will provide you with an extensive osteoarthritis treatment plan which will focus on reducing pain and promoting a better quality of life. We understand how difficult it can be to live with pain, as it can sometimes stop you from doing the things you love. Our team will ensure that your rehabilitation plan is focused on returning you to optimum function so that when you have a pain flare-up, you are able to continue with your daily routine and activities.
After accessing the service, we will implement your rehabilitation plan and work closely with you to ensure that you are getting the most out of your treatment, while also offering advice on pain reducing exercises that you can do at home. Your plan will contain patient specific goals which will be met through a combination of different therapies, including manual therapy, exercise and sometimes acupuncture.
I think I have Osteoarthritis; how do I get help?
The best thing to do if you suspect that you have Osteoarthritis is to consult your GP.
Where will my treatment take place?
We encourage our patients to visit our facility for treatment, as on-site at Flex Health you will have access to the latest rehabilitation technology.
What will my treatment involve?
Your treatment will involve a combination of manual therapy such as massage, and physical therapy. This could mean using some of our equipment or practising functional movements.
Do I need a referral?
At Flex Health, we will take referrals from doctors and self-referrals, so if you are interested in finding out more about how we might be able to support you then please call us on 01482 966066.