Cambridge Osteoarthritis Clinics
Our Cambridge Osteoarthritis clinics are based in Central Cambridge and Waterbeach. Our Osteopath offers Osteopathy and Prescriptive exercise to provide pain relief and manage Osteoarthritis. Treatment is conservative, uninvasive and delivery in the least painful manner where possible.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a type of joint disease that results from breakdown of joint cartilage and underlying bone. The most common symptoms are joint pain and stiffness. Initially, symptoms may occur only following exercise, but over time may become constant. Other symptoms may include joint swelling, decreased range of motion, and when the back is affected weakness or numbness of the arms and legs. The most commonly involved joints are those near the ends of the fingers, at the base of the thumb, neck, lower back, knee, and hips. Joints on one side of the body are often more affected than those on the other.
What causes Osteoarthritis?
Causes include previous joint injury, abnormal joint or limb development, and inherited factors. Risk is greater in those who are overweight, have one leg of a different length, and have jobs that result in high levels of joint stress. Osteoarthritis is believed to be caused by mechanical stress on the joint and low grade inflammatory processes. It develops as cartilage is lost and the underlying bone becomes affected. As pain may make it difficult to exercise, muscle loss may occur. Diagnosis is typically based on signs and symptoms, with medical imaging and other tests occasionally used to either support or rule out other problems. In contrast to rheumatoid arthritis, which is primarily an inflammatory condition, in osteoarthritis, the joints do not typically become hot or red
Osteoarthritis Treatment wih Osteopathy and Prescriptive Exercise Effective?
The treatment is aimed improving joint mobility, quality of movement and reducing pain as part of a pain management.
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