Osteoarthritis (OA)

 

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and usually develops in people over 50 years of age but can occur in younger people following a bad injury to a specific joint. OA is also described as wear and tear.

Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of cartilage, which is the tissue that covers the end of the bones and helps the joints glide smoothly. As this degenerates you develop bone to bone contact which is very painful.

Your symptoms can include pain, stiffness in the morning, swelling, difficulty moving, warmth around a joint and cracking or grinding of joints.

At the Woodside Osteopathic Clinic we know that as you get older you can still have healthy joints. The symptoms of OA can be eased by our practitioner’s treatment and advice so further wear and tear can be prevented. This would be done by creating space in the joints, mobilisation, traction techniques and soft tissue to tightened muscles and strength training for weak muscles. Further to this we will give you advice to take home and implement.

It is our belief here at the Woodside Osteopathic Clinic that surgery should be a last resort.
 

Commonly affected areas

 

Spine
In the spinal joints, the smooth cartilage deteriorates causing irritation and damage to the bone. If you have spinal OA you may wake up in the morning with pain and stiffness in your back, this may gradually ease during the morning. In advance stages there may be numbness, tingling or weakness in the legs.

Hip
As a weight bearing joint the hip is also commonly affected. Symptoms include discomfort or stiffness in the buttock, thigh or groin in the mornings. Pain is worse with activity and better with rest. The hip becomes more inflamed and mobility in the joint is lost. The muscles around the joint become weak and this increases the likelihood of a limp.

Knee
The wear and tear in the knee can happen on the main surface of the knee joint or the inside surface of the knee cap. This will cause the joint to swell. The combination of this can lead the knee to be unstable which means it could give way when you put weight on it.In any joint OA condition, common or uncommon, treatment and advice from our osteopaths at the Woodside Osteopathic Clinic will reduce the discomfort and the pain in the joints, lessen the stiffness and inflammation and reduce any further wear and tear to the joint.

 

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