Managing life with Osteoarthritis

How exercise will significantly improve your life

Living with osteoarthritis can be challenging, with pain and discomfort often hindering the ability to enjoy daily activities. However, with the right treatment and support, it is possible to manage symptoms and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.

Osteoarthritis is a global problem and one of the leading contributors to disability, affecting approximately 8.5 million people in the UK alone. This degenerative joint disease can affect any moveable joint, but is most commonly found in the knees, hips, and hands. Over time, the body becomes unable to repair joint tissues, resulting in cartilage thinning, bone reshaping, bony lumps, and joint inflammation, leading to pain, muscle weakness, functional impairments, and a reduced quality of life.

Physiotherapy is an essential component of managing osteoarthritis. Staying active has been shown to be a preventative measure in reducing the risk of OA, as regular exercise can slow the disease’s progression, lower the risk of hip fractures and falls, and even prevent or delay the need for surgery.

By working with a physiotherapist, individuals with osteoarthritis can learn exercises and techniques that can help manage their symptoms, improve joint function, and increase overall strength and mobility. Physiotherapy can also help identify and address any underlying issues that may contribute to pain or discomfort, such as poor posture or muscle imbalances.

Don’t let osteoarthritis hold you back from living an active and fulfilling life. With the right treatment and support, it is possible to manage symptoms and maintain a healthy, pain-free lifestyle.

Manage your pain and gain back the quality of life you deserve.