More than 7 million adults in the UK (15% of the population) have long-term health problems due to arthritis and related conditions. 25% of people over the age of 50 report long term knee pain; in one quarter of these, the pain is disabling. Osteoarthritis cannot be cured but there are a number of ways in which physiotherapy can help you reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis and improve your quality of life.
Treatment can include;
- Manual treatment to reduce stiffness in your joints and remedial massage to reduce chronic muscle pain and help restore normal muscle function
- A rehabilitation program to strengthening the muscles around the painful joint.
- Assess your biomechanics; often changing the position or stiffness in a remote joint can reduce the forces acting through a painful joint.
- Acupuncture for pain relief.
- Electrotherapy for pain relief.
- Specific taping techniques can reduce the pressure on painful structures.
- Lifestyle advice including dietary advice and weight loss.
Physiotherapy can be very effective at reducing pain and stiffness in the knee, hip, back, neck, hand/ wrist/ thumb and shoulder.