Arthritis and Joint Pains
Joint wear and tear or degeneration is a normal part of the aging process, just as the greying of hair or the wrinkling of our skin. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disorder that involves the degeneration of our joint cartilage, a flexible tissue that connects joints to each other. Arthritis progression is usually slow but can ultimately lead to joint pain, stiffness and swelling. OA commonly occur in the hips, knees, shoulder, hands or spine which tends to burden the population as pain and stiffness in these joints often leading to reduced quality of life due to persistent pain and stiffness.
Management options include medication, conservative management (physiotherapy) and if all fails, surgical management. Throughout our physiotherapy program, we employ a range of educational, manual therapy and exercise interventions that help you understand the problem in detail and work towards improving symptoms of pain, stiffness and reduce the joint swelling. Physical therapy has shown to be a highly effective alternative to surgical management with a majority of people recovering significantly from their symptoms.