What is osteoarthritis (OA)?
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative disease where the bone surfaces gradually erode causing inflammation (and subsequently pain). This can be caused from previous damage (soft tissue, ligament or cartilage injuries) or excessive overloading (eg. excessive weight bearing activities, twisting/pivoting activities) to a joint.
What are the signs and symptoms of OA?
Pain and/or inflammation of the affected joint generally develop over time and progressively get worse. When OA is severe your joint mobility can be affected as well.
What is recommended for management of OA?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for OA but current evidence recommends a combination of manual therapy (massage, joint work), hydrotherapy and land based exercises. These treatments work well together to alleviate overall pain and joint stiffness. Depending on the severity of your OA, your physiotherapist will assess you and prescribe specific exercises and treatment tailored to you.