What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis in people aged over 50 is a degenerative condition that occurs when the protective cartilage that lines and cushions the ends of your bones in your body joints wears down and deteriorates over time causing joint pain, swollen joints and joint stiffness most commonly affecting the joints of the knee, hands, hip and spine. Osteoarthritis causes are mostly due to age, previous joint injury, overuse, and weak supporting muscles.
Osteoarthritis symptoms are: Joint pain made worse during activity, joint stiffness usually 1st thing in the morning, limited range of motion, joint cracking & clicking sound (crepitus) and grating sensation on joint movement, joint swelling, and joint soreness. Other symptoms for different body part osteoarthritis conditions are:
Osteoarthritis knee symptoms: Knee joint pain, knee stiffness, knee cracking sound and grating feeling on movement, and the knees may “give way” beneath you.
Osteoarthritis of the hand’s symptoms: Finger joint pain, finger stiffness, bony growth “spurs” at the edge of joints causing swollen fingers, finger soreness and redness. There may be at the base of thumb pain.
Osteoarthritis hip symptoms: groin pain and buttock pain sometimes radiating to the thigh and inside of knee, stiffness in hip causing difficulty with moving your hip joints.
Osteoarthritis spine symptoms: Back pain, back stiffness and tenderness causing difficulty straightening back or turning neck and may cause weakness or numbness in the legs.
Osteoarthritis neck symptoms: Neck pain and neck stiffness worsened by prolonged looking up or down and sometimes neck cracking sound and grinding sensation when turning head and headaches.
Osteoarthritis ankle symptoms: Ankle pain, ankle stiffness, tenderness, ankle swelling, stiffness, and ankle instability causing difficulty walking.
Osteoarthritis in feet symptoms: Foot pain most commonly felt as big toe pain tenderness and swelling but can also be felt midfoot.
Osteoarthritis shoulder symptoms: Shoulder pain on movement, limited shoulder range of motion, shoulder cracking and clicking sound on movement.
Your physiotherapist will physically assess and test painful movements and muscle strength for an Osteoarthritis diagnosis, use hands on physiotherapy, shockwave therapy, dry needling, and taping. Assess biomechanics and advise re activity and behaviour modifications. Provide osteoarthritis exercises via our exercise prescription software Salaso to help alleviate your osteoarthritis pain. Prescribe orthotics, foam roller, kinesio tape and resistance bands.
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