Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis which is a chronic condition that often develops with age as a result of damaged joints. It is usually caused by the wear and tear of joints and lack of physical activity that’s why it may sometimes be referred to as “wear and tear arthritis”.
When cartilage (which is the protective rubbery tissue layer that covers the ends of the joints and acts as a shock absorber) is broken or damaged, the joints rub together which in turn causes pain, stiffness, and other symptoms. This can occur in any joint in the body like hips, knees, wrist, spine, or even fingers. Don’t you worry – Physiotherapists at Restore Life Waterloo can help you manage and treat your osteoarthritis symptoms with their training and experience.
To provide an explanatory example, let’s talk about the largest joint of our body and see how a healthy knee joint looks like. The knee joint basically gets us moving every day as it allows the knee to extend and bend back and forth. As you can see in the left image, the knee joint is made up of cartilage, bone, fibrous articular capsule, synovial articular capsule, and ligament.
Osteoarthritis is usually defined by the loss of articular cartilage. Fundamentally, cartilage doesn’t contain any nerves however, a loss of cartilage creates friction between the bones that adds to the pain arising due to osteoarthritis. The chance of developing osteoarthritis increases with age however, a lot of recent studies show that lack of physical activity, obesity, and sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of osteoarthritis around weight-bearing joints like hip, knee, and spine.
Some people are more prone to developing osteoarthritis than others. People with sitting jobs may affect their elbows or wrists and people with heavy lifting jobs can develop osteoarthritis around the hip and knee. Therefore, the overuse of joints, lack of physical activity, and age are the reasons cartilage breakdown or cartilage damage happens leading to stiffness, pain, inflammation, and restricted joint movement.
The most common symptom of osteoarthritis is pain around the joints. To understand the condition better, you should observe the following symptoms and connect with your physiotherapist or doctor for an early ergonomic assessment and diagnosis coupled with an effective physiotherapy treatment plan.
According to the Arthritis Society, arthritis affects over 6 million Canadians. Over 20% of the population age 15 and older are having difficulties with activities of daily living. Arthritis causes pain, inflammation, and it can affect one or multiple joints at once.
People who suffer from osteoarthritis are observed reporting soreness and stiffness around joints, decreased range of motion, and pain or swelling around the joint. Reach out to us if you are looking for physiotherapy assessment and treatment for osteoarthritis!
Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are just different types of arthritis that share similar characteristics but are different due to the cause behind the joint symptoms. Osteoarthritis is developed because of mechanical and ergonomic wear and tear whereas rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that may affect multiple joints in the body.
The speed of onset in rheumatoid arthritis is comparatively faster or rapid in nature, ranging from over weeks to months. On the other hand, osteoarthritis is slower and its symptoms can sometimes come and go.
It is reckoned that all forms of arthritis cause a bit of pain around the joints. Soreness, stiffness, tenderness, and pain are supposed to be the most common symptoms reported by patients suffering from osteoarthritis. A feeling of discomfort ad lack of motion is also identified to be a prominent symptoms of osteoarthritis.
The stiffness in the joint is most likely to be experienced in the morning or after long hours of a break but fortunately, physiotherapy exercises can act as a driving force to get you out of that pain. Our physiotherapists at Restore Life will perform an in-depth ergonomic assessment of all the joints in the body followed by a customized, effective, and productive physiotherapy treatment plan to reduce your symptoms and give back improved joint movement.
The feeling of instability or looseness or an urge of giving away are all red flags to be considered for an assessment. Don’t suffer in pain, call us today.
Treatment of osteoarthritis aims at reducing the key symptoms and improving joint function with adequate education, proper exercises, and a weight-reduction plan if required. Physiotherapy and exercises are considered to be the best relief options when it comes to the treatment of osteoarthritis, according to studies.
All physiotherapists at Restore Life Physiotherapy and Wellness Waterloo are proactive and dedicated to patient health. Our committed team of physiotherapists ensures that patient health goals and needs are met, with a proper detailed assessment, and by creating an individual physiotherapy treatment program that suits them the best.
Each physiotherapist of our team understands the impact of joint functions can have on your daily life. As a result, we at Restore Life Physiotherapy Waterloo ensure to provide all our services to help our patients to tackle their key symptoms to restore and regain their strength.
As mentioned earlier, education, exercise and weight control are considered to be the first line of treatment. Physiotherapists can help you at the second line of treatment if the first line of treatment doesn’t provide enough relief. It should be complemented with pain relief meds, TENS, manual therapy, orthoses, shoe insoles, and aids. Only for those, with extreme symptoms, surgery is suggested.
Osteoarthritis can obstruct you from accomplishing your daily activities and we understand that it’s frustrating. Fortunately, physiotherapy can help you manage osteoarthritis pain. Physiotherapy can even save you from having surgery.
At Restore Life Physiotherapy and Wellness Waterloo, our team of physiotherapists is experienced and trained to assess and treat osteoarthritis. One of our experienced physiotherapists would perform a thorough assessment of your condition, and range of motion, and discuss the symptoms you are suffering from. Then, physiotherapists would create a personalized treatment plan to address your specific condition. Your physiotherapist will educate you about everything you can do to manage the condition including exercises, losing weight, preventing injuries and falls, etc. A home exercise plan would also be given to you to follow and more sessions for hands-on physiotherapy, manual therapy, shockwave therapy, massage therapy, chiropractic care, etc.
Your treatment plan will aim to alleviate pain, improve range of motion, and build strength so you can get back to your normal life again. If you are in Waterloo and Kitchener Region, don’t hesitate to visit our Waterloo clinic, we are happy to answer any specific questions you have!
Although it’s not entirely feasible to prevent osteoarthritis, you could try to minimize your chances of developing the condition by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and preventing injuries.
Osteoarthritis is a non-inflammatory health condition, but research shows that dietary interventions like reducing intake of specific foods and beverages are reported to decrease the severity of pain and stiffness in osteoarthritis.
Foods that are processed and have a high value of added sugars and salt are the most to be avoided like red meat, processed meats, ice creams, candy, soda, canned foods with salt, some cheeses, etc. Chronic alcohol consumption is also associated with a high risk of osteoarthritis.