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What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is characterized by the breakdown of cartilage – the part of a joint that cushions the ends of the bones and allows easy movement. As this cartilage deteriorates, bones begin to rub against one another. This can cause stiffness and pain that make it difficult for you to use that joint. Over time the wearing away of the joints, may lead to joint replacements being needed. Osteoarthritis occurs most often in knees, hips and hands.

What are the symptoms of Osteoarthritis?

Usually joints affected by osteoarthritis ache or become painful or stiff first thing in the morning, or during or after use. They may also be stiff after periods of inactivity. It’s important to remain physically active despite any initial discomfort you might feel. Exercise keeps joints moving, which helps them stay lubricated. It also builds strength in the muscles surrounding the affected joint, so they can support it.

Help with symptoms of Osteoarthritis

If you are suffering, and would like to see if Osteopathy or Physiotherapy can help you, please contact the clinic and book an appointment to see the specialist. Alternatively visit us at the clinic and we can give you more information.

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