Physiotherapy For Osteoarthritis
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.
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