Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis treated within clinic. Osteoarthritis is associated with obesity, previous joint injuries, rheumatic diseases including, rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, and is more common in women.

Osteoarthritis affects the cartilage within each joint leading to reduced joint space, new bone formation and may cause nerve irritation. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body but is most commonly associated with joints in the hand, spine (spondylosis), hip, knee and feet. Osteoarthritis causes pain, stiffness and alters the function of muscles, tendons and ligaments that surround the affected joint.

Pain within any joint, changes not only the way we move the affected joint, but also how we move other joints around that area. For example, the pain and stiffness from Osteoarthritis in our right knee can affect not only the way we move the right knee, but also change biomechanics in our right foot, hip, pelvis and can alter the way we move our left leg.

When working with patients who have osteoarthritis, we utilise techniques to reduce muscle tone and improve circulation around the affected joint. We also assess other areas in the body, because improving movement in another area can offload stress through the affected joint.

Alongside treatment, home rehabilitation exercises, stretching and lifestyle advice are key components of managing arthritis.