Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition affecting many joints whereby the cartilage lining the joint surfaces is worn away. As a result these joint surfaces become more exposed to mechanical loading and inflammation occurs. Symptoms include joint pain, stiffness and swelling.

Initially an assessment will be carried out at the clinic which will allow us to cater for your individual need. Treatment may include Ultra-Sound Therapy, Mobilization techniques including massage for soft tissue to reduce spasm, Acupuncture and a specific exercise regime to improve your general fitness and mobility. 

Osteoarthritis is caused by the wear and tear of the joints; this is where one bone in the body meets another. Arthritis can form in almost any joint inside the body. Anyone who lives long enough is likely to develop arthritis. It is important to discuss any pains or aches in the joints with a doctor as it is only when the correct form of arthritis is diagnosed that appropriate treatment can be received.

When people experience osteoarthritis pain they will often rest the joint to reduce the pain. However resting will in most instances lead the joint to become stiff. To reduce stiffness it is important for people to get moving. The less the joint is moved the stiffer the joint will become and the worse the arthritis will be.

People with arthritis should be careful not to sit down for longer than thirty minutes at a time. There are always ways to keep active, like walking to the shops instead of driving. Keeping the body moving will minimise the chances of arthritis setting in and stiffening up your body and this in turn will reduce arthritis pain.

Here are some exercises that can help:

Exercise 1 - Cycling Rehab

Get on to a bicycle (static bike, or normal road bike), and keep an upright posture. Do not attempt to get into a racing bike position unless advised by your therapist. Ensure your seat height and foot straps are adjusted to suit you. Cycle for 15-20 minutes gently, three times per week.




Exercise 2 - Walking on Treadmill

Stand on a treadmill. Maintaining a good upright posture, walk. Concentrate on a heel-strike to toe-off action. Make sure you keep your head up, with your eyes on the horizon line. Walk for 15-20 minutes gently, three times per week.




At Surrey Physio, we use www.rehabmypatient.com to provide you with individual exercise programmes that work for you.