Osteoarthritis is a joint condition that is extremely common affecting over 4 million people in the UK alone and costs the NHS annually £850 million in hip and knee replacements, loss of work due to the condition is estimated to be over £3.2 billion per year.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that affects the cartilage within the joints, leading to pain and reduced range of movement. Typically the weight bearing joints such as the hips and knees
are predominantly affected but it can also occur commonly in the feet and hands due to repetitive use through these joints. Lifestyle factors and occupation play a significant role in predisposing whether you are more likely to develop OA.
- Repetitive strain
- Lack of exercise
- Bone density
- Metabolic disease
- Abnormal muscle function
OA can be classified into different stages:
Stage 0 – No sign of OA
Stage 1 – Minor wear and tear to the joint cartilage and minor bone spur formations
Stage 2 – Normal joint spaces will be seen on X-ray but an increase in the growth of bone spurs. Some stiffness and discomfort may be present.
Stage 3 – Degeneration to the cartilage will be moderate and there will be more stiffness mainly in the morning or after long periods of inactivity and there may be some popping sounds the effected joint.
Stage 4 – The joint space between the joints will be significantly reduced causing the cartilage to wear off and leave the joint very stiff, painful and the range of movement considerably reduced leaving daily tasks such as walking very difficult.
OA cannot be reversed, however throughout the stages Osteopathy can play an important role in managing the symptoms of OA so you may be able to pro long the need for surgery or to help reduce the symptoms from compensation patterns that have occurred from altered movement. We can also help your body in the lead up to surgery should you be in the final stages and once given the all clear post-surgery we can help get your body back to functioning at its best.
In order for you to reach your potential your Osteopath will take a thorough case history, carry out an in depth examination which includes an Osteopathic, Orthopedic and Neurological assessment. You will then receive our best recommended treatment plan and advice in your Report of Findings, followed by treatment.
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