Therapeutic Exercises for Osteoarthritis

Therapeutic Exercises for Osteoarthritis

Calgary Physical Therapy

Are you facing mild and constant joint pain in areas such as your hips, fingers, neck, knee, or spine? This could be a sign of Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a condition where the cartilage in the joint is broken down. Cartilage is a rubbery material that covers the end of the bones in the joints. It reduces friction by serving as a shock absorber. When faced with osteoarthritis, the cartilage loses its flexibility, becomes stiff, and reduces its ability to absorb shock. Thus, causing pain. If the pain is constant, then you should take measures before the condition of your joints becomes severe.

Physical therapy can be one of the measures that you might want to consider. A physiotherapist can help you with certain exercises to deal with the condition. Here are some exercises that physiotherapists use to treat osteoarthritis.

Flexibility Exercises

Flexibility exercises help stretch your muscles to release the stiffness causing you joint pain. These exercises include gentle stretching of of legs, hand, or back, depending on the area that is being treated. For instance, for knee osteoarthritis, calf stretching and leg raises may be recommended to relieve the stiffness and improve flexibility. Make sure you do this under the supervision of a physical or exercise therapy professional.

Strengthening Exercises

Strengthening exercises work on the muscle strength by contracting them. While this might seem painful when you have osteoarthritis, it can actually be beneficial. This is because joints need movement as that is when the blood flow is improved and the area gets nourished. Quad sets, calf strengthening through balancing on your toes, and more are used to strengthen the joints and surrounding muscles and relieve you of the pain resulting from osteoarthritis.

Aerobic Exercises

Weight loss and building endurance are important aspects of treating osteoarthritis. At times, the condition can worsen because of the amount of body weight that it takes. This is especially true for knees and hips. Extra pounds can add weight on your knee and hip joint and cause osteoarthritis. Walking, swimming, biking, rowing, etc., are recommended to burn the extra weight and improve your lung and heart strength. Go gentle on yourself if you are new to exercising. Start with a few minutes or a minimum number of rounds and gradually increase.

If you are suffering from osteoarthritis, then delay not and get it treated the natural way now. Connect with our physiotherapy professionals. We value your comfort and offer our services in the comfort of your home.