Osteoarthritis Treatment

Osteoarthritis is treatable. Whereas there is no cure for OA the symptoms are treatable. Pain relief is possible. Movements can be maintained and improved.

Whether you have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis or have painful joints that you think may be arthritic, this summary will help you understand the causes and how physiotherapy can help you.

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a common condition that may cause joint stiffness, swelling and pain – usually in the knees, hips, feet, hands and spine. Some people’s arthritis can be so severe that joint replacements are the best solution, while others experience few symptoms even though X-rays show that they have quite advanced osteoarthritis.

What causes it?

It is not known exactly what causes osteoarthritis, although it can be triggered by injury or repeated stress on a joint many years earlier. For example, carpet layers often develop osteoarthritis in their knees due to years of wear and tear. It is usually affects people aged 50 and over, and is more common in women. Genetic factors play a role in some forms of osteoarthritis.

How can physiotherapy help?

Physiotherapists are highly skilled at helping those with osteoarthritis, as they can help improve movement, strengthen muscles, and increase or restore mobility.

What will happen when I see a physiotherapist?

The physiotherapist will assess how your joints are functioning, and will ask about how they are affecting your life. They will ask questions, watch your movements and feel the joints concerned.