Managing Osteoarthritis With Physical Therapy

 Managing Osteoarthritis With Physical Therapy

Osteoarthritis with Physical Therapy

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Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disorder affecting the cartilages of the joints due to repeated wear and tear. The muscle cartilages in the joints, such as the knee, protect the knees from friction caused by the touching of the bones in the leg. When these cartilages start to wear down, they become thinner and can no longer prevent the two bones from coming in contact with each other. This causes extreme pain and discomfort while walking, running, standing, and so on.

Unfortunately, it is impossible to treat Osteoarthritis and the disease only becomes worse with passing time. The good news is that the pain from Osteoarthritis can be managed by utilizing physical therapy treatment for Osteoarthritis. Here is how physical therapy treatment for Osteoarthritis can help in managing the pain and surviving with the disease.

How can physical therapy treatment for osteoarthritis help?

As Osteoarthritis is an incurable disease, physical therapy cannot be used to treat Osteoarthritis completely, it can only help to manage the pain and reduce the symptoms for the patient. These are the 4 major types of physical therapy treatment for Osteoarthritis which can assist the patient in tackling the pain.

  • Create a strength and stability exercise program 

A strength and stability exercise regime is aimed at increasing the strength of an affected joint to provide symptomatic relief. General overall physical exercise helps increase the strength and agility of the whole body, this type of physical therapy is focused on increasing the strength of only the target organ for better results. Knee strengthening exercises focus on reducing the amount of friction occurring within the joint and aim to provide more stability around the joint. They also achieve the aim of increasing the endurance of the knee so that it can withstand shocks better and cause lesser pain to the patience.

  • Prescribe appropriate bracing of a joint

Physical therapy for Osteoarthritis also assists with auxiliary support mechanisms such as wearing a brace over the affected joint. Wearing the appropriate brace is crucial to provide more support to the affected joint, reduce the swelling in the area and also helps to provide instant symptomatic relief.

  • Perform manual therapy and electrotherapy 

Manual physiotherapy can be highly effective in reducing muscle tightness in the area surrounding the joints and can also reduce the tension in the joint. This type of therapy utilizes Electrotherapy and ultrasound technology for pain and swelling management. Swelling can be flushed back into the lymphatic system by means of manual and electrotherapy.

  • Provide postural advice

You can reduce the pain and stress to your diseased joints just by getting simple acts such as bending and standing right. To do this, it is critical to avoid unnecessary stress on your lumbar spine or knee by maintaining proper posture. Practicing proper posture can keep symptoms of Osteoarthritis at bay.

Your physical therapist can help you manage the painful symptoms of Osteoarthritis by gradually increasing your strength and stability, informing you about correct usage of braces and by maintaining the right posture. Consult an expert physical therapist for assistance with main management due to Osteoarthritis.