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. Physiotherapists can assist in strengthening and stabilising the joint, reducing tightness and tension in the muscles surrounding arthritic joints, and in reducing the associated pain and swelling. Where necessary, we can often 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)