Qualified physiotherapists who are specially trained in the assessment and treatment of osteoarthritis
Most people develop some degree of osteoarthritis especially as they get older. The changes are permanent and 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 ageing, injury, prolonged poor posture, over use of joints or excess weight.
Signs And Symptoms
- Recurring pain or tenderness in a joint
- Stiffness, particularly early morning stiffness
- Swelling in a joint
- Obvious redness or heat in a joint
- Inability to move a joint.
Physiotherapy can do a lot for improving your well-being if you suffer from arthritis. Some of the benefits include reducing your pain, improving movement and posture, strengthen your muscles and improving independent function.
How Can Exercises Help?
It’s vitally important to maintain your GENERAL FITNESS LEVEL. This helps you feel better and retain your healthy joints. Gentle regular exercises such as swimming, exercising in water (hydrotherapy), walking or cycling are recommended. Some of the other benefits of regular exercise for osteoarthritis sufferers include:
- Maintaining or increasing movement
- Improving joint lubrication and nutrition
- Restoring muscle balance
- Improving circulation
- Improving strength and stability
- Improving poor posture.
Contact the specially trained and understanding physiotherapists at North West Physiotherapy to assess and treat your pain. They will tailor a plan to make your life much more comfortable. At North West Physiotherapy you will also find a wide range of products, ranging from supportive braces to Glucosamine medication which are available to help with your condition.