Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common types of arthritis and a major cause of pain and disability in adults. It is a chronic condition that occurs due to the breakdown of the cartilage within a joint. Osteoarthritis affects more than 25% of adults worldwide (Chen et al., 2017). Although it can occur any age, it is most common after the age of 45, and tends to affect women more than men.
Common symptoms are pain and stiffness, particularly in the morning, and limited range of motion that usually improves with movement. It can affect any joint, but most commonly affects the neck, lower back, hips, knees and hands. Winter and changes in weather can often exacerbate symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a very common condition that we see as osteopaths. The goal of treatment is to manage symptoms, increase mobility and improve function and quality of life. Treatment may involve soft tissue, stretching and mobilisation techniques to assist with pain levels, stiffness, range of motion and function. Education and advice about the condition is also provided, as well as some at home exercises which may help.
As we head into winter and the cold weather approaches, if this pain and stiffness sounds familiar to you why not see one of our osteopaths for help. Call us on 9598 5334 or simply book online.