Managing osteoarthritis at our osteopath clinic
It is estimated that approximately 10 million people in the UK are affected by arthritis. It is a debilitating condition that causes pain and inflammation in the joints. There are two main types of arthritis, these are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The most common of these is osteoarthritis. Research shows that more than 80% of adults over the age of 65 have evidence of primary stages of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused mainly as a result of wear and tear and can be found in the hands, knees, hips and spine. Wear and tear results in deterioration of the cartilage that is found at the end of the bone, and as this deteriorates eventually the bones will rub against each other causing extremely uncomfortable symptoms.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis
Although the effects of wear and tear cannot be reversed, at our osteopath clinic London W1 we can help you manage the symptoms that osteoarthritis can cause. The main symptom of osteoarthritis is pain and stiffness in the joints. Pain can occur as a result of movement, whereas stiffness occurs after being inactive for a certain period of time. Osteoarthritis can cause swelling and tenderness around the joints. It can reduce your flexibility and eventually this can affect your daily activities. If you are suffering from pain or discomfort in your joints then it is important that you speak to our osteopath clinic London W1 sooner rather than later. We can put together an individually tailored treatment plan to help manage your symptoms and allow you to carry on with your daily life.
We will speak to you and ask you questions to help us put together a case history and understand the causes of your symptoms better. Osteoarthritis increases with age, it is commonly seen in women more than men. It affects patients who are overweight or obese because of the pressure on weight bearing joints, namely hips, knees and ankles. We will find out whether you have suffered any injuries or been in any accidents during your life. Sometimes we may find that your symptoms have occurred as a result of your daily activities, for example the type of job that you do. Often we also find that patients with a family history of osteoarthritis are more prone to developing the disease.
Managing your symptoms
By visiting our osteopath clinic London W1 we will help reduce your pain and discomfort and with regular therapy sessions you may be able to improve your mobility and flexibility. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease which means it worsens with time. However, if you continue to visit our clinic then we will help prevent your symptoms from worsening. Rather, we will provide you with tailored health advice so that you can enjoy a better lifestyle and improved wellbeing. We will also teach you simple exercises that you can carry out at home by yourself or with the help of a loved one that will help you manage your pain and discomfort more effectively. Speak to our osteopath clinic today and incorporate osteopathy into your life for improved health and wellbeing and a better quality of life.