1 in 5 Australian over the age of 45 has osteoarthritis (OA).
OA is the breakdown of articular cartilages in the joint, resulting in pain, joint stiffness, reduced physical fitness and sometimes creaking or a rubbing sensation with movement and weight bearing activities. The most commonly affected joint is the knee joint.
Some of the risk factors include:
- being female
- Previous knee injuries
- Sedentary lifestyle
Therapeutic exercise, in particular loading exercises, have been shown to improve the physical function, quality of life and pain management of people with OA.
It is safe and non-invasive, making it the preferred choice of treatment.
However, inappropriate dosage or types of exercises are also associated with the development of OA.
So how do you make the most out of your time and effort?
In my experience, most clients with OA present with other conditions as well.
It may be due to reasons as such increased age, compensatory mechanisms resulting from prolonged pain or poor general health. Hence, it is often difficult to apply common exercises that we see on videos or TV as they may affect the other conditions and do more harm than good. Based on the severity of the OA, exercise intensity and load should be altered to prevent any potential flare ups as well
Physiotherapists are equipped with the knowledge and skills to tailor exercises to suit each individual’s needs. Whether you are starting from zero or looking to continue your pursue in high level sports, Infinite Physiotherapy is here for you. Call us now for a pain-free tomorrow!
5位45岁以上的澳大利亚人中就有1位患有骨关节炎（OA）。 OA是 因关节磨损而导致关节软骨退化或者结缔组织发炎。疼痛、关节僵硬、身体活动能量降低和活动时感到关节摩擦是最常见的症状。严重的时候还可能屈曲挛缩畸形，最终导致关节残疾，影响身体其他器官的运作。关节炎可以发生在背、颈、膝盖、肩关节、手、髋关节、足踝。膝盖是最容易受影响的关节之一。
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