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What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a common joint condition that develops gradually over years. It may cause joint stiffness, swelling and pain. The most common areas are the knees, hips, feet, hands and spine. Some people's arthritis can be so severe that joint replacements are the best option, while others experience less symptoms and can be managed easily with exercise, physiotherapy and lifestyle changes.
What causes it?
It is not known exactly what causes osteoarthritis, although it can be triggered by injury or repeated stress on a joint many years earlier. Other causes can be related to gender, hereditary factors, age and obesity.
How can physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapists are trained to assess joints for many musculoskeletal problems including osteoarthritis. A physiotherapist can help improve movement, strengthen muscles, and increase or restore mobility.
Pain levels can be improved by manual techniques, acupuncture, electrotherapy modalities and exercises. Hydrotherapy is often very beneficial for arthritis sufferers as the warm water soothes the joints, relieves stiffness, and promotes good circulation. The water enables gentle and low-impact exercise, and also provides the resistance needed to keep muscles and joints strong.
Where can I get more information?
∙ Your G.P.
∙ Your Rheumatologist
∙ Your Chartered Physiotherapist
∙ Arthritis Ireland