Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, with 3 million cases per year, affecting individuals aged 19-60+. It is also known as “degenerative joint disease” or “wear and tear” arthritis.
Many people wonder what type of treatment can help their osteoarthritis. Read on to learn more.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. Many different factors can account for the development of OA, including:
- Genetic make-up
With OA, the cartilage that normally serves to cushion the body’s joints begins to break down. As the cartilage erodes, it exposes the sensitive bone underneath and can also lead to inflammation of the joint lining, which only acts to break down the cartilage even further.
With progressive wearing of the cartilage, the joint surfaces come into greater contact with each other often resulting in pain and loss of daily function.
Osteoarthritis Treatment: Physical Therapy?
While physical therapy cannot reverse the cartilage degeneration that has already occurred, physical therapy may benefit patients experiencing the effects of OA.
Often the physical therapist can identify tightness and/or weakness of the structures surrounding the affected joint and possibly neighboring joints as well. These factors can produce excessive and abnormal forces across the affected joint and produce pain.
Treatment interventions focused on gentle strengthening and stretching exercises to improve muscular balance around the affected joint can sometimes be effective in decreasing pain.
In addition, physical therapists can also provide patients with activity modification and energy conservation strategies in order to produce less strain across the affected joint and effectively decrease pain and improving overall daily function.
Dynamic Physical Therapy
If you or a family member requires physical therapy, including treatment to alleviate pain associated with osteoarthritis, please call Dynamic Physical Therapy at We utilize a combination of hands-on techniques and therapeutic exercise in a patient-centered environment to truly generate Health In Motion.
The Physical Therapists at Dynamic Physical Therapy can treat patients in the following locations:
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