What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis (OA) 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. Additionally, 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. Futhermore the symptoms come on over years. It can affect work and normal daily activities. Unlike other types of arthritis, only the joints are typically affected. Osteoarthritis osteopathy maybe beneficial.
Osteoarthritis Exercise and Osteoarthritis Osteopathy
We recommend and support the use of TE (on their own or combined with manual therapy), especially strengthening exercises and general physical activity, for patients with OA, particularly for the management of pain and improvement of functional status (
Also, Exercise therapy is effective for reducing pain and improving function in patients with knee OA, some evidence that exercise therapy is effective for hip OA, and early indications that manual therapy may be efficacious for hip and knee OA (Abbott et al. 2009).
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Abbott JH, Robertson MC, McKenzie JE, Baxter GD, Theis JC, Campbell AJ and the MOA Trial team (2009). Study protocol Open Access Exercise therapy, manual therapy, or both, for osteoarthritis of the hip or knee: a factorial randomised controlled trial protocol. Trials, 10:11
Ottawa Panel Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines for Therapeutic Exercises and Manual Therapy in the Management of Osteoarthritis. Physical Therapy . Volume 85 . Number 9 . September