PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR OSTEOARTHRITIS

Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is a condition in which the cartilage on the end of the bones wears down.  Cartilage is like a cushion for your joint that absorbs some of the force put through the joint, and allows the joint to make smooth, fluid movements.  Degeneration of this tissue can lead to pain, stiffness, swelling, and immobility.

This type of condition cannot be reversed, but with physical therapy your symptoms can be managed and alleviated.  Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Manual therapy with a trained physical therapist

  • Education about your condition, movement, diet, and other factors that may affect your symptoms

    • It is important to pay attention to body mechanics in order to avoid movements that aggravate your condition

  • Exercise programs for PT sessions and an at home exercise plan

  • Continued assessment of your abilities and pain to assess effectiveness of techniques used, and modification of your treatment plan if necessary

 

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