Osteoarthritis – most commonly occurs in the hip or knee. Best described as a ‘wear and tear’ of the cartilage within a joint having secondary effects on the underlying bone. Commonly results in pain, stiffness and swelling at the affected joint.
Natural degeneration of the joints can begin as early as our twenty’s. The severity of the joint changes will depend on factors such as prolonged postures, repetitive movements or activities; how we are built naturally and ultimately the stresses and strains you have put your body through throughout your life.
For more information on arthritis and different conditions can be found at the Arthritis UK site.
Physiotherapy can play a fundamental role in helping to manage arthritis. The main aim of physiotherapy is to reduce inflammation, pain and muscle spasm. We also aim to increase your range of motion so that you can function normally. Depending on the form of arthritis, we can create easy exercise plans that you can do at home which will help to build strength and flexibility, which can ultimately help to reduce pain and increase your mobility.
We will work specifically with your form of arthritis to get best results and outcome for you.