Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that affects the cartilage and bones in the joints, causing pain, stiffness, and limited mobility. Physiotherapy can be an effective treatment option for osteoarthritis, as it helps to improve joint function, reduce pain, and increase range of motion.
The following techniques are commonly used by physiotherapists to treat osteoarthritis:
1. Exercise Therapy: Physiotherapists prescribe specific exercises to strengthen the muscles around the affected joints, which helps to reduce pain and improve mobility. Regular exercise also helps to maintain flexibility and range of motion.
2. Manual Therapy: This can involve a range of techniques including soft tissue massage, joint mobilization, and manipulation to improve joint function, decrease pain, and improve range of motion.
3. Advice and Education: Regarding lifestyle factors that may influence pain stemming from osteoarthritis. This may include discussion around weight control, footwear, advice on posture and ergonomics, and modifications to regular activities and exercise. They may be able to suggest supports or braces to enable you continue certain activities whilst managing your pain.
Overall, physiotherapy can be a beneficial treatment option for people struggling with osteoarthritis. It can help reduce pain, increase mobility, and improve quality of life through the use of various techniques and strategies.
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