Treatment for Osteoarthritis

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis in the UK, is a condition that causes your joints to become stiff and painful. With osteoarthritis, the cartilage between your joints break down which causes the bones within the joints to rub together. This results in stiffness, pain and a host of other medical symptoms.

Osteoarthritis is a leading cause of disability and affects millions of people all over the world, with nearly nine million sufferers in the UK alone. Osteoarthritis typically occurs in older people, although adults of any age are susceptible. It is a degenerative disease that can damage any joint in your body. It is, however, more common in the joints of the hands, knees, spine and hip.

What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?

The primary symptoms of osteoarthritis are stiffness and joint pain. However, some people are also known to experience swellings, tenderness, and creaking of the affected joints.

The severity of osteoarthritis differs from one person to another. For some people the symptoms can be mild and infrequent, whilst others can experience regular severe pains and stiffness, which can make it difficult for them to carry out their daily activities. Some sufferers also find it difficult to move with a full range of motion as a result of this condition.

If you experience joint pains and symptoms that are similar to the ones listed above, you should see your GP immediately so that they can confirm the diagnosis and prescribe the proper course of treatment.

Getting help

Because osteoarthritis cannot be completely cured, you will need some measure of professional help in order to minimize the symptoms and live a productive life.

There are a number of physiotherapy and osteopathy options that can give you the help you need. Are you battling with osteoarthritis, or do you know someone who is?  Give us a call on XXXXXXXXX for expert help today.

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