Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes pain, heat and stiffness in your joints. All of these symptoms are a result of wear and tear on your joints. Although it is generally a condition that is more common among older people, it can affect people at any age. This is particularly the case if other people in your family have arthritis. Physiotherapy for osteoarthritis can be an effective treatment.
In this article, we explore osteoarthritis in greater detail and outline how physiotherapy can help with osteoarthritis. Although physiotherapy can’t cure it, a qualified physiotherapist can help you to manage some of your symptoms so you can get back to doing what you love.
How Physiotherapy For Osteoarthritis Can Help
Improve Your Understanding Of Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis can be a complex condition to fully understand. Whether you have recently been diagnosed with it or if you have been suffering with it for a while, you will benefit from improving your understanding of the condition so you can manage it effectively.
Physiotherapists are well placed to help you as qualified health professionals; they can provide specific advice for your individual circumstances while also answering any questions that you may have about living with osteoarthritis. They will also help you to understand what happens to your joints and muscles when you have this condition. After seeing a physiotherapist, you should be reassured about your condition.
Develop A Tailored Osteoarthritis Management Plan
In order to effectively manage osteoarthritis, a tailored management plan is required. The first step towards getting a management plan for your condition is to book an initial physiotherapy assessment. During the initial assessment, the physiotherapist will assess your condition, find out how it is affecting you and provide tailored advice to help you. This will include advice on exercise and condition management.
In addition to advice, the physiotherapist may also complete a physical treatment. This is often in the form of manual therapy. In some cases, they may decide that acupuncture might be a suitable treatment for your condition.
Strengthen Your Muscles
Strengthening your muscles and joints is a great way to manage symptoms of osteoarthritis in the long-term. The best way to do this is to complete regular graded exercise. This type of exercise will help you to develop muscle strength without increasing your pain. Graded exercise starts with slow and gentle movements that increase in small manageable steps. Your physiotherapist will be able to advise you of the best way to strengthen your muscles with an appropriate level of exercise that does not lead to you overdoing things.
The goal of these exercises is to improve your general fitness and stamina. As a result of this, you will not only be able to improve your muscle strength and symptoms, you will also benefit from all the other health benefits associated with regular exercise. Regular exercise also stimulates the production of the body’s own pain-reliving hormones, Endorphins.
Improve Your Mobility With Stretching
Osteoarthritis often causes stiffness and weakness in your muscles. This alone can affect your ability to complete your day-to-day activities and do the things that you love. Physiotherapy can help you to improve your mobility by increasing the range of movement in your joints.
Increasing the range of movement in your joints usually involves specialist physio techniques and exercises including stretching. During your physio appointments, the physiotherapist can assess your range of movement and recommend the best possible exercises and stretches that you can do outside of the clinic to improve it.
Manage Your Pain Effectively
When you are suffering from osteoarthritis related pain on a regular basis it can become debilitating and frustrating when it prevents you from doing the things that you love. Osteoarthritis can cause pain in a particular part of your body or general joint muscle pain. While medications prescribed by a healthcare professional such as your GP can help you manage your pain, other methods of pain relief are also effective and many of them can be used alongside your medication.
There are many other methods of pain relief that your physio may advise you to try including ice packs to soothe swollen and hot joints, heat packs to relax tense muscles and splinting of swollen or painful joints. Before trying any of these treatments you should seek advice from a physiotherapist.
Our Physiotherapists Can Help You Manage Osteoarthritis
Our qualified physiotherapists are ready to help you manage osteoarthritis. We are experienced at accurately assessing individuals with osteoarthritis and creating tailored osteoarthritis management plans that effectively manage the condition.
The first step to getting help with osteoarthritis is arranging a physiotherapy assessment appointment with one of our qualified physios. During your assessment we will assess your osteoarthritis, find out how it is affecting you and provide a tailored management plan and advice to help you. To book your initial physiotherapy assessment call our friendly team on 02392 552266 or book your appointment online using our online booking system.
DDB Physiotherapy are delighted to launch one of the most effective solutions to resolving stubborn and long-standing musculoskeletal injuries at our physiotherapy clinic in Lee-on-the-Solent. EMS Physio have supplied our Shockwave machine and they have a bank of information regarding the many benefits of radial and focused shockwave.
Shockwave Therapy or Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) as it is also known as is a non-invasive technology that delivers sound waves to the required area to aid recovery. It has been the preserve of the sporting elite for many years, but now it is being made more accessible. Shockwave Therapy is widely accepted in clinical practice for the treatment of chronic soft tissue, muscular and tendon injures, which improve movement and pain.
HOW DOES SHOCKWAVE THERAPY WORK?
Shockwaves are high-energy, audible sound waves. Throughout the 1980’s shock waves were used in medicine for the dissolution of kidney stones among other things. In rehabilitation therapy, shockwaves are transmitted to a defined area to accelerate healing. ESWT involves passing short, intense sound waves into affected tissues, which increases blood flow, has an analgesic effect, which stimulates repair and regeneration.
IS EXTRACORPOREAL SHOCKWAVE THERAPY SAFE?
Yes, the therapy has NICE guidance for many indications. When performed by qualified therapists it is a largely risk-free and side-effect-free method of treating musculo-skeletal conditions and chronic pain.
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN EXTRACORPOREAL SHOCKWAVE THERAPY TREAT?
The following Musculo-Skeletal conditions can be treated by ESWT including:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendinopathies
- Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
- Shoulder Tendinopathies
- Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow
BENEFITS OF EXTRACORPOREAL SHOCKWAVE THERAPY
ESWT affords the patient a number of benefits including:
- No anaesthesia needed
- Non-invasive procedure
- No medication
- No hospital admissions
- Fewer complications
- Significant clinical benefit often seen 6-8 weeks after treatment
- Analgesic effect after treatment
- Strong clinical results and research
WHEN CAN IT BE USED
- When surgery is not an option
- When pain relief and injections no longer work
- When a condition is presented that is suitable for the therapy
- When no contraindications are present
SHOCKWAVE THERAPY AT DDB PHYSIOTHERAPY
Find out more about Shockwave Therapy at DDB Physiotherapy in Lee-on-the-Solent by visiting our treatment page on the link above. The friendly DDB Physio team are available to discuss Shockwave treatment options, call us today on: 02392 552266.
Released by the National Institute for Health Research is a publication called MOVING FORWARD Physiotherapy for Musculoskeletal (MSK) Health and Wellbeing. The publication highlights how important physiotherapy is for preventing and reducing the impact of musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.
What Are MSK (Musculoskeletal) Conditions
MSK conditions range from simple strains and sprains to long-term conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. It covers problems affecting joints, bones and muscles as well as rare conditions of the immune system.
Characterised by pain and loss of function, these conditions can diminish quality of life, impact on family and social relationships, make everyday activities difficult and limit a person’s capacity to work.
Research Into Musculoskeletal Health Shows That
30.8 million working days were lost in 2016 due to musculoskeletal problems – it is the second leading cause of sickness absence at work.
Caring for patients with musculoskeletal conditions is the third highest area of NHS spending.
Why Consider Physiotherapy For Musculoskeletal Health And Managing Musculoskeletal Pain
Evidence shows that exercise and activity are the most effective tool for managing musculoskeletal pain.
At DDB Physiotherapy Clinic, we incorporate this into our treatments, and each and every one is customised to meet your needs. The exercises that are prescribed for you can be accessed via the Internet and they include videos and pictures via PhysioTec.
DDB provide rehab services with our qualified therapists. You can choose whether to attend a small group or as an individual.
We also provide range of other classes including Clinical Pilates and Yoga.
Your Body, Your Health Our Help
Contact us today to enquire about our Physiotherapy for Musculoskeletal health conditions.
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