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ARTHRITIS WILL BENEFIT FROM OSTEOPATHIC TREATMENT

ARTHRITIS WILL BENEFIT FROM OSTEOPATHIC TREATMENT

One of the most common forms of arthritis is osteoarthritis. It damages joints through wear and tear. It can be painful and very discouraging. There is no cure, but there are ways of managing the condition and making your lifestyle more enjoyable. Our osteopath and physiotherapist are an important part of this management solution to your long-standing pain and discomfort issues.

HOW DOES OSTEOARTHRITIS AFFECT PEOPLE?

Most people develop some degree of osteoarthritis especially as they get older. The changes are permanent and will 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 shoulder, hip or the knee, the severity of the issue may lead down path of an operation as the final option.

OSTEOPATHIC TREATMENT

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF OSTEOARTHRITIS

  • Stiffness, especially in the early morning
  • Recurring pain or tenderness in a joint or joints
  • Inability to move a joint
  • Swelling in a joint
  • Visible redness or heat in a joint

DIAGNOSIS

There are many forms of arthritis and osteoarthritis is one of 150 forms of arthritis. There are different treatments for the various forms arthritis and your general medical practitioner will be able to make the correct diagnosis. The main treatment plan for arthritis will include anti-inflammatory medication and/or osteopathy.

HOW OUR OSTEOPATH/PHYSIOTHERAPIST CAN ASSIST YOU?

Our team of osteopath or physiotherapist are highly qualified and experienced in the assessment and treatment of the effects of osteoarthritis, with the aim to:

  • Decrease pain
  • Increase range of movement
  • Improve posture
  • Strengthen weak muscles
  • Release tight muscles
  • Improve independent function
  • Suggest correct exercises that will reduce stiffness

Treatment methods may include gentle passive movement, massage, heat, electrical treatments, splints and advice on preventing further joint damage.

HOW YOU CAN HELP?

You can help with the pain management plan by doing your part by:

  • Avoiding over-using or over-stressing your joints
  • Avoiding excessive exercises
  • Avoiding sudden jerking and twisting movements
  • Avoiding lifting very heavy items
  • Knowing when to stop when pain is triggered
  • Keeping your weight under control
  • Using splints or walking aid as advised

BENEFITS OF REGULAR EXERCISES

People with osteoarthritis needs to have regular exercise but it must be individually prescribed by your osteopath or physiotherapist. They are trained to devise an exercise program that is tailored to your personal circumstance. As a general RULE, if the exercise causes pain, then STOP and DON’T DO IT.

Exercises will help you by:

  • Increasing or maintaining movement
  • Improving strength and stability
  • Restoring muscle balance
  • Improving poor posture
  • Improving circulation
  • Improving joint lubrication and nutrition

Other gentle exercises such as walking, swimming and hydrotherapy (exercising in water) are recommended.

Finally, REST is also an important part of managing your osteoarthritis because rest is balanced with your regular exercises and daily activities. Rest is essential when your joints are HOT, SWOLLEN OR PAINFUL.

If you are feeling discomfort or pain, book an appointment now by calling 1300 544 322.

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