Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that mostly affects the hands, spine and joints such as hips, knees and ankles. It affects about 8% of the population, predominantly women.
Physiotherapy is a conservative and effective management tool for this condition. Physiotherapy can assist in strengthening and stabilising the joint, reducing tightness and tension in muscles surrounding the arthritic joints, and in reducing swelling and pain. Physiotherapists are also often able to recommend and supply appropriate bracing to support the joint.
Some of the treatment options commonly employed by Queensland Physiotherapy in managing osteoarthritis include:
- Core exercises
- Joint mobilisations
- Muscular retraining
- Electrotherapy (Ultrasound, TENS etc)