Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis

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.