Management of Osteoarthritis (OA)

What is Osteoarthritis?OA knee

Osteoarthritis or OA is a degenerative condition that affects a significant percentage of the adult population. OA can be improved, managed and maintained by physiotherapy and an appropriately prescribed exercise program.

Who gets OA?

Research shows that 90% of the population will have arthritic changes by the time they are 40 years old. However, not all of these people are symptomatic. Damaged joints can be irritated by work, sport or home related activities.

Weight bearing joints such as the spine, hip and knees are most commonly affected.

Physiotherapy aims to maintain and improve your function and eliminate or minimise your pain even when degenerative changes start to develop.

Physiotherapy Management of OA

An appropriately designed management program has been proven to be one of the most effective treatments for OA. Our highly trained physiotherapists can prescribe an effective and research based program tailored to your needs.

Regular exercise is an important part of the program as it can help:

•  Improve joint mobility and flexibility
•  Increase muscle strength
•  Improve posture and balance

While reducing:

•  Pain
•  Fatigue
•  Muscle tension
•  Stress

Exercise also improves overall health by:

•  Improving cardiovascular fitness
•  Improving bone strength
•  Reducing body weight

Why can’t I just go to the gym, the pool, a personal trainer or follow a DVD?

General non-prescribed exercises given to clients without sufficient education can increase pain and reduce function.

Exercises should be appropriate for your condition, your health, your lifestyle and your likes and dislikes.  A Jubilee Sports physiotherapist will take a thorough history of your condition, your limitations and your lifestyle to design a program that is safe and maximizes your improvement.

I can’t afford to keep coming to the physio each week or I don’t have time to go to the physio each week.

At Jubilee Sports Physiotherapy we aim to show you how to best manage your arthritis.  This is done via a program which involves education, exercise, and lifestyle advice.  Typically after the initial consultation, you would see the physiotherapist a week later to answer any questions, ensure you are doing the exercises correctly and re-evaluate the function of your joint.  As long as you are happy with your progress, you may not need to see the physiotherapist for another 3-4 weeks to review and upgrade your exercises.

Remember, that whilst a Jubilee Sports Physiotherapist cannot ‘cure’ your arthritis, they can certainly help with:

•  Reducing pain
•  Improving function
•  Improving quality of life
•  Helping you get back to the activities you enjoy
•  Slowing the progression of arthritic symptoms

If you have any questions regarding osteoarthritis and its management or would like to consult with one of the physiotherapists at Jubilee Sports Physiotherapy, please contact our Caringbah practice on 9540 9400 or our Kareela practice 9528 2200.