Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common joint disorder that is strongly associated with aging and a major cause of disability in the older population. OA will typically affect one or a few joints with the knees and hips being the most commonly troubled.
OA develops when the cartilage covering the ends of bone in a joint becomes roughened and ‘worn’ causing inflammation and pain. Previous joint injuries; familial history; being overweight; and being female are all more likely to result in OA symptoms. However, OA is a very individual experience so these things do not dictate whether you will develop symptoms or not.
How physiotherapy can help:
Research suggests acupuncture can assist in pain management of OA symptoms. Exercise rehabilitation including strengthening and range of movement (ROM) exercises and weight loss (if you are overweight) have both been shown to be beneficial in the management of OA.