• Ben Harris

Managing Osteoarthritis

Updated: Sep 22

At Falcon Health, we provide physiotherapy and chiropractic services to help our clients. We encounter many clients suffering from a wide array of injuries, conditions and ailments. We often deal with patients suffering from osteoarthritis. Our experienced therapists are knowledgeable in completing assessments, providing treatment and prescribing exercises to help in managing osteoarthritis. If you would like to learn more about our services, or learn more about managing osteoarthritis, read our blog, explore our website or contact us today to learn more.


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Our Guide on Managing Osteoarthritis


What is Osteoarthritis?

Before discussing managing osteoarthritis, it is important to know what it is and how it can become prevalent. Osteoarthritis is a type of joint disease that results from the breakdown of cartilage in the joints. Cartilage is a firm but flexible connective tissue that protects the ends of bones in the joints. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body, but it most commonly affects the hands, knees, hips, and spine.


The symptoms of Osteoarthritis include pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion. The pain is often worse with activity or when moving the affected joint after a period of rest. Osteoarthritis is a progressive disease, which means that it gradually gets worse over time. However, there are treatments available that can help relieve the symptoms and slow the progression of the disease.


Osteoarthritis is often caused by the natural wear and tear of the joints over time. However, there are several risk factors for Osteoarthritis, including obesity, joint injury, repetitive stress on the joints, and certain genetic conditions. Obesity is a particularly important risk factor because it puts extra stress on the joints. Joint injuries can also lead to Osteoarthritis, especially if they are not treated properly. Repetitive stress on the joints from activities such as running can also increase your risk of developing Osteoarthritis.

If you think you may be suffering from osteoarthritis, it is important to see a doctor so that they can properly diagnose and treat the condition. There are many treatments available that can help relieve the pain and improve the quality of life. Some of these treatments include physical therapy, weight loss, exercise, medications, and surgery.


Tips on Managing Osteoarthritis

Exercise

Whilst you may worry that exercise can worsen your symptoms, regular exercise is an important part of managing osteoarthritis. It helps to strengthen the muscles around the affected joint, which can help to take some of the pressure off the joint. Exercise also helps to improve your overall fitness and sense of wellbeing. Exercise is also good for losing weight, improving your posture and relieving stress, all of which will ease symptoms.


Weight management

Carrying excess weight can put extra strain on your joints, which can worsen osteoarthritis symptoms. If you are overweight, losing even a small amount of weight can make a difference to your symptoms. This is because it reduces the pressure on your joints and allows them to move more freely and smoothly. Losing weight can be difficult, but there are many strategies you can try to make it easier, such as setting realistic goals, eating healthy foods and reducing portion sizes, and getting regular exercise.


Pain relief

Several different pain relievers can be effective in managing osteoarthritis pain. These include over-the-counter medications such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, as well as prescription medications. If you find that your symptoms are not improving with over-the-counter medications, speak to your doctor about other prescription medications that may be more effective for you. There are several different medications available, so it is important to find one that works best for you. Additionally, make sure to take any medication as prescribed by your doctor and follow any other instructions they give you. Whilst this can be effective in fighting symptoms, it does not combat the root of the problems. Furthermore, painkillers can be addictive. It is important to avoid over-using painkillers and find additional ways to help you in managing osteoarthritis.


Chiropractic Care for Managing Osteoarthritis

Chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment for managing Osteoarthritis symptoms. Chiropractors use gentle manipulative techniques to relieve pain and improve joint function. They may also recommend exercises and lifestyle changes to help manage Osteoarthritis.


Chiropractors help to combat osteoarthritis by:

  • Reducing pain and inflammation

  • Improving joint function

  • Increasing range of motion

  • Improving flexibility and balance


Physiotherapy for Managing Osteoarthritis

Physiotherapy can help reduce pain and stiffness, improve joint function and mobility, and prevent further damage to the joints. It can also help you maintain your overall fitness and well-being.


Your physiotherapist will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs. This may include exercises to improve joint range of motion, muscle strength and endurance, as well as balance and coordination. You may also be taught how to use devices such as splints or walking aids if needed.


In addition to hands-on therapy, your physiotherapist may also use modalities such as heat, cold or electrical stimulation to help reduce pain and inflammation. Ultrasound therapy may also be used to promote the healing of soft tissue injuries.


If you have osteoarthritis, physiotherapy can help you manage your condition and improve your quality of life.


Exercise for Managing Osteoarthritis

As part of our physiotherapy and chiropractic treatments, at Falcon Health, we understand the importance of exercise in managing osteoarthritis.


When it comes to managing osteoarthritis, exercise is key. Exercise can help to reduce pain, improve joint function and increase range of motion. It is important to find an exercise program that is right for you.


Your physiotherapist can help you find an exercise program that is safe and effective for managing your osteoarthritis. Programs may include low-impact exercises such as walking, swimming or cycling. It is important to avoid high-impact exercises such as running, which can aggravate the condition.


Contact Us

If you are suffering from osteoarthritis, do not hesitate to contact us at Falcon Health today! Our wide array of treatments can help us assess your condition, provide therapy and prescribe exercises to help you in managing osteoarthritis. To learn more about our services, explore our website or contact us today at info@falcon-health.com or 01444 257555.


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