Vitalis Physiotherapy emphasises the benefits of an early osteoarthritis (OA) treatment to help:
Osteoarthritis or OA is the most common type of arthritis. It is a complex disorder of synovial joints, affecting all joint tissues. OA usually occurs in middle age or after an injury, overuse of a muscle, or due to obesity. Osteoarthritis can also be genetic. The condition happens after the break down of the cartilage between bones, causing joint pain and swelling. It is possible to develop osteoarthritis on any joint on the body, however, it most commonly occurs in your knees, hips, hands, neck and lower back. The disease usually starts to develop around the age of 50 and although the first symptoms are mild, they tend vary over time. For this reason, Vitalis Physiotherapy invites you to schedule an examination so that our professionals can determine the cause and severity of the problem. We are at your disposal for osteoarthritis prevention and treatment.
In the first phases, osteoarthritis symptoms are mild and tend to intensify over time. In the majority of cases, osteoarthritis treatment is necessary for people who experience:
- Joint swelling and pain
- Joint instability
- Muscle weakness around one or more joints
- Stiffness around joints, in the morning or after resting
- Joint pain during or after an activity or at the end of the day
- Limited range of motion
The above-listed symptoms can occur on any joint on the body, but most people turn to us for an osteoarthritis knee treatment, as well as lower back, feet, finger and hip osteoarthritis treatment.
If you have any other following then it is likely you have OA:
- are 45years of age or older
- have joint pain relating to an activity
- have less than 30min of joint stiffness in the morning
At Vitalis Physiotherapy, we diagnose osteoarthritis only after a detailed examination and discussion of symptoms. During a consultation, we take a look at your medical history, inquire about your symptoms, medications you are using, and take a look at the joints more closely. If need be, we might propose scheduling a gait scan, MRI or an X-ray to rule out other causes.
Vitalis Physiotherapy customises the osteoarthritis treatment to ensure the fastest and most optimal recovery. Depending on your specific case, we will develop a powerful exercise program to improve your fitness, agility, muscle strength, and joint mobility.
For the elderly, we offer osteoarthritis prevention and treatment program to help prevent falls and injury. We also have the team ready to aid with fitting braces or orthotics to ease your movements.