With the ongoing pandemic, we see a massive shift towards sedentary lifestyles. Among other downsides and health risks, a sedentary lifestyle can also increase the chances of developing osteoarthritis or aggravating existing symptoms of osteoarthritis.
According to the CDC, more than 23 percent of adults in the US have arthritis. Moreover, 1 in 4 adults with arthritis report extreme joint pain that has made it difficult to carry out routine work and engage in activities.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is characterized by the progressive breakdown of the cartilage that protects the ends of the bones. The cartilage is the protective layer that cushions bone ends and ensure smooth joint motion.
The breakdown of this layer can cause friction between bones, making movement painful and reducing mobility. Although osteoarthritis can occur in any joint, it’s most common in the knee, hip, and shoulder joints,
- Joint pain at night
- Joint pain while carrying out routine activities
- Reduced strength
- Reduced range of motion
- Tenderness to touch
- Swelling around the joints
Treating Osteoarthritis with Physical Therapy
The good news is that osteoarthritis is treatable to a great extent. You can regain your quality of life and go back to the activities you love without getting overwhelmed by the pain.
Studies show that exercise is the most effective way to treat osteoarthritis. The appropriate level of exercise can be achieved through aerobics, strength training, and physical therapy. Here are some ways in which exercise and movement help:
- Exercise helps with weight loss and can help you achieve a healthy weight. This will put less stress on your joints and relieve the pain.
- Strengthened muscles can provide greater support and allow more movement.
- Exercise and physical therapy can help joints move more freely and improve lubrication between joints.
- Exercise can help counteract stiffness and restore the normal range of motion.
Visit our Physical Therapy Clinic in Augusta, GA
Osteoarthritiscan prevent you from living life to its full extent and impacts your quality of life too. Healing Hands specializes in treatment for musculoskeletal pain that promotes active living for seniors.
Our physical therapy services for women cover many musculoskeletal disorders, including osteoarthritis that affect women more severely than men. Reach out to us to start building a custom treatment plan for yourself.
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