Causes and symptoms of Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis – it affects millions of people around the world.
Sometimes called “degenerative joint disease,” Osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage or cushion on the ends of your bones between joints wears down, leading to pain, stiffness, swelling and immobility.
OA can cause symptoms in many different parts of your body, but the most common areas include the knees, hips, hands and spine.
While OA cannot be reversed, the symptoms can be managed and alleviated with the help of physical therapy as a part of a comprehensive strategy.
Physical Therapy Treatment for Osteoarthritis
A strategic combination of manual therapy and a customized exercise program has proven to improve the symptoms and pain related to osteoarthritis. Treatment may include:
Manual (hands-on) therapy with trained physical therapists
Exercise program for both clinical sessions and at-home activity
Education about movement, diet and other factors that may affect your OA symptoms
Continued assessment to track effectiveness of techniques and modify program if necessary