As arthritis progresses, it is common for certain joints to become more painful. If you are experiencing pain in one of your joints, it can be difficult to pinpoint its source. You might notice stiffness when you first get out of bed, or pain when you do simple activities like walking or lifting. Good news arthritis is treatable!
What is osteoarthritis?
Joints are connected bones that allow the body to move and be flexible. The ends of the bones, where they meet the surrounding tissue, are called articular cartilage. When arthritis affects the cartilage, it is known as osteoarthritis. Cartilage is found in the ends of the bones all around the body. Cartilage is also found in the small joints in your fingers and toes. As people age, their bones become more porous and lose their natural smoothness. This can cause joints to become more vulnerable to arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is most common in those over age 60. This type of arthritis is most common in women and often appears in people who are in their 50s or 60s. However, it can affect people of all ages, including children.
Having osteoarthritis doesn’t mean you’re older. In fact, it’s estimated that approximately 11% of people between the ages of 18 and 30 have the condition. Osteoarthritis affects women more frequently than men. However, osteoarthritis can occur at any age, and it can affect anyone. It’s estimated that 1 in 5 people have osteoarthritis during their lifetime.
Common causes of Osteoarthritis
- Wear and tear
- Excessive stresses on the joints
- Previous injury
- Joint deformities
Osteopathy for Osteoarthritis
Osteopathy is beneficial in addressing the stresses and strains. We look at how osteoarthritis affects the rest of the body by assessing the entire body. Our holistic approach to muscles and joints ensures that the body functions as efficiently as possible.
Osteopaths use hands on techniques to reduce joint swelling and joint pain, improve movement and make the clicking go away. We also advise you on how to strengthen the affected muscles and which types of exercise are best for you, allowing you to live an active and healthy lifestyle.
Regular massage therapy can alleviate joint stiffness by reducing muscle tension and relaxing muscle spasms. A bespoke exercise program can help you keep your mobility and strength while also managing your osteoarthritis. Frequent strength training is essential for maintaining mobility and joint health as you age.
- Manipulating the body for pain relief
- Exercise for strength to protect your body
- Medications and supplements
- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle
The best course of action for treating joint pain is to work closely with your osteopath. He or she in conjunction with your doctor can help you choose the best medication and treatment plan for your specific needs.
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MPR Health proudly offers a wide range of Osteopathy services & treatments covering back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, hip pain, headaches, upper back pain, sports injuries, work-related injuries and ergonomic assessment.
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