What is Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition in which the smooth cartilage overlying a joint wears away. This allows the bone surfaces to rub together and can lead to inflammation of the joint and pain. As we get older we will all have some wear and tear of our joints (it can start as early as our 20’s) - it’s a natural part of the ageing process (just like grey hair) but not necessarily the chronic inflammation associated with OA.
Sound familiar? Here are Team TOC’s Tips for managing Osteoarthritis:
> Motion is the Lotion!
Keep your joints moving. Do daily, gentle stretches that move your joints through their full range of motion. Walking, swimming, Pilates, Tai Chi….. Find something you enjoy!
Negative thoughts can increase your pain. Distract yourself with activities you enjoy, meditate, try yoga, breathe deeply and spend some time in nature. If you are struggling, ask for help - counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy have both been shown to have good outcomes in the management of persistent pain.
> Know your limits!
Balance activity and rest, and don't overdo things.
In addition, lifestyle changes are important for easing pain.
→ Manage weight
Being overweight can increase complications of arthritis and contribute to pain.
→ Quit smoking
Smoking causes stress on connective tissues and inhibits our healing mechanisms, which can increase arthritis pain.
→ Pamper your Joints
Relax in a hot bath, treat your joints to a soothing heat pack or a massage to ease stiff muscles.
→ Make an appointment at The Osteopathic Centre
Our team is experienced in treating patients with arthritis and will create a bespoke treatment plan
to improve the range of pain-free motion of the affected joint(s), to ease the tightness of the muscles around the joint and to improve the function of the surrounding joints. We can also prescribe home-based exercise plans.
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