How Physiotherapy Can Help Manage Osteoarthritis Pain: A Guide to Staying Active

Living with hip osteoarthritis and knee osteoarthritis pain can sometimes be a challenge. You will have good days where you feel you can walk more, or particularly bad days where you’re stuck in the chair because of your pain. In this blog, we’re going to explore how physiotherapy can be one of your best options in managing your arthritis and keeping you moving!

Understanding Arthritis:

Osteoarthritis can affect any joint of the body (especially knees, hips, and hands). It is a change of the tissues within the joint, which can be started or sped up by injury or surgery from years prior. Specifically, it is changes of cartilage and bone, and can cause bony changes called osteophytes and inflammation of the joint. This can ultimately result in your pain and stiffness, and sometimes a loss of your range of motion. It can make you feel stiff, achy, and sometimes swollen.

What can Physiotherapy do for a joint that has osteoarthritis anyway? Don’t I need surgery?:

Surgery (total joint replacements) can be used in cases that do not respond to physiotherapy interventions.
Physio can;

  • guide you on appropriate exercises to help improve your strength and range of motion.
  • Physio can also provide hands-on techniques such as massage and joint mobilisation to improve your pain and movement.

Other options include braces, footwear, weight loss and walking aids.

Why Exercise Matters:

When you’ve got arthritis, it might seem tempting to stop moving, especially for fear of making your pain and arthritis worse. But, even though we can’t reverseosteoarthritis, we know now that appropriately progressed exercise is one of best things you can do for your knee to improve pain and function. Exercise helps to improve the lubrication of your joints, and helps to strengthen your muscles to provide more support.

Let’s Get Moving:

 

So, what kind of exercises are we talking about?
Exercise examples could be:

  • Squatting and leg extensions (below) to strengthening your thigh muscles,
  • Calf raises to improve calf strengthening, or
  • Sit ups to improve your core strength.
  • Other options include hydrotherapy, or an exercise bike.

Always have a chat with your physio first – there might be some exercises that are more appropriate for you specifically.

 



Listening to Your Body:

Now, here’s the golden rule – most of the time (always consult with your physio), a tolerable amount of pain that subsides quickly is okay – it is very unlikely that it will cause your arthritis to worsen. Although, it should never cause more swelling, or pain the following day – this tells us that you have done too much.

Staying Positive:

Living with arthritis can sometimes feel like a rollercoaster ride. Stay positive, stay active, and don’t hesitate to reach out to your physiotherapist if you ever need a helping hand.

Conclusion:
So, there you have it – physiotherapy isn’t just about exercises and stretches. It’s about embracing movement, staying active, and living your best life, even with arthritis tagging along.

Ready to kick arthritis to the curb so that you can get back to walking, playing with grandkids or improve your function? Contact us today!

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