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Osteoarthritis

The key to successful OA management through physiotherapy is regularity and consistency in both attending sessions and adhering to the prescribed exercise and self-management routines.

By focusing on improving joint function, reducing pain, and enhancing overall mobility, physiotherapy can play a vital role in helping individuals with OA maintain an active and fulfilling lifestyle without the need for pharmaceutical interventions.

Managing Osteoarthritis (OA) Drug Free

 

Physiotherapy can be a valuable non-pharmacological approach for managing osteoarthritis (OA). The goals of physiotherapy in OA treatment are to reduce pain, improve joint function, and enhance overall quality of life.

Here’s an outline of how our physiotherapist may treat osteoarthritis without drugs:

Assessment and Evaluation:

Our physiotherapist starts by conducting a comprehensive assessment to understand the patient’s medical history, OA severity, and specific joint issues.

Joint range of motion, muscle strength, posture, gait, and overall mobility are assessed to identify areas of concern.

Education:

Education is a critical component of OA management. Our physiotherapist educates the patient about OA, its progression, and self-management strategies.

Patients learn about joint protection techniques, pacing activities, and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Exercise Prescription:

Our Tailored exercise program is designed to improve muscle strength, joint stability, and flexibility around the affected joint(s).

Low-impact exercises like swimming, stationary cycling, and gentle aerobic activities are often recommended.

Strengthening exercises target muscles around the affected joint to provide support and reduce stress on the joint itself.

Manual Therapy:

Our Physiotherapists use manual therapy techniques, such as joint mobilisation and soft tissue massage, to improve joint mobility and reduce pain.

Manual therapy can help with the release of muscle tension and the restoration of joint function.

Range of Motion Exercises:

Gentle range of motion exercises can help maintain or improve joint mobility. Our physiotherapist may guide the patient in performing these exercises regularly.

Functional Training:

Patients are trained to perform daily activities with minimal joint strain. This includes teaching proper body mechanics and techniques for tasks like lifting, bending, and getting in and out of chairs.

Balance and Coordination Training:

OA can affect balance and coordination, leading to a higher risk of falls. Our Physiotherapists may incorporate exercises to improve balance and reduce fall risk.

Assistive Devices and Orthotics:

Our Physiotherapists can recommend and provide guidance on using assistive devices like braces, canes, or orthotic shoe inserts to support joint function.

Weight Management:

If weight is a contributing factor to OA, our physiotherapists may offer guidance on weight management strategies through exercise and dietary recommendations.

Monitoring and Progress Assessment:

Our Physiotherapists regularly assess the patient’s progress and adjust the treatment plan as needed.

Home Exercise Program:

Patients are often provided with a home exercise program to continue their exercises and self-management strategies independently.

The key to successful OA management through physiotherapy is regularity and consistency in both attending sessions and adhering to the prescribed exercise and self-management routines.

By focusing on improving joint function, reducing pain, and enhancing overall mobility, physiotherapy can play a vital role in helping individuals with OA maintain an active and fulfilling lifestyle without the need for pharmaceutical interventions.

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