Relief for osteoarthritis is possible with physical therapy!
Osteoarthritis is the loss of cartilage and synovial fluid in your joints.
There are several factors that can contribute to the development of OA:
- Genes: One genetic defect can reduce the body’s ability to produce collagen, a protein that makes up cartilage. Another can cause the joints to fit improperly, resulting in the premature wearing down of cartilage.
- Weight: Over time, excess weight can cause the cartilage that cushions joints to break down. Studies have also shown that excess fat tissue produces inflammatory chemicals that can damage joints.
- Injury And Overuse: Injuries such as fractures, surgery or ligament tears can speed up the breakdown of cartilage. Repetitive movements such as bending and lifting is also hard on the joints. Standing for long periods can also cause problems.
- Weakness: An imbalance or weakness of the muscles supporting a joint can lead to altered movement and eventual cartilage breakdown.
The physical therapists at Body Balance Physical Therapy can prescribe a specialized treatment program expecially for you.
Stretches and exercises will reduce the pain, swelling and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis.
Manual “hands-on” therapy will improve movement in the affected joints.
During physical therapy, you will also learn different ways to do your daily activities without adding to the strain on your joints.
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This blog is designed to provide general information on pertinent physical therapy topics. The statements made are provided for educational purposes only. They do not constitute medical advice nor do they necessarily reflect the views of Body Balance Physical Therapy or any of its therapists other than the author. This blog is not intended to create a therapist-client relationship between you and Body Balance Physical Therapy.