Osteoarthritis Affect People?
Most people develop
some degree of osteoarthritis especially as they get older. The
changes are permanent and will exist even when there are no
symptoms. Osteoarthritis affects people in varying degrees. Some
people may be symptom-free or suffer only mild or intermittent pain
provoked by episodes of increased use or minor trauma. For some
people symptoms can be disabling and, when it involves the larger
joints of the body such as the hip or the knee, the severity of the
problem may require surgical treatment.
Wear and tear of
our joints may
occur due to aging, injury, prolonged poor
posture, overuse of joints, or excess weight.
Osteoarthritis is one of 150 different forms of arthritis for
which there are different treatments. Your general medical
practitioner can make a diagnosis. Treatment may include
anti-inflammatory medication and/or physiotherapy.
Physiotherapy Can Help
highly qualified in the assessment and treatment of the effects of
Treatment methods may include gentle passive movement,
heat, electrical treatments, hydrotherapy, splints and advice on
preventing further joint damage.
||reduce pain |
||improve movement and posture
||strengthen muscles |
||improve independent function