We often dismiss aches and pains as nothing serious but as we get older it’s important to pay closer attention to how we’re feeling so we can seek help as and when we need it. With osteoarthritis – one of the leading causes of disability and pain – symptoms can often be poorly controlled so if you’re concerned, book an appointment with an East Molesey physiotherapy specialist today.
A common condition, the severity of the symptoms can vary wildly. Almost any joint can be affected but it typically manifests itself in the small joints in the hands, the hips and the knees, with the pain and stiffness often making day to day life very difficult indeed.
Symptoms include joint tenderness, a grating sound in your joints, limited range of movement, muscle wasting, weakness, pain and stiffness and larger joints. It happens when there is damage around the joints that the body is not able to repair fully, typically developing in people over 45 years old.
There is no cure for osteoarthritis but symptoms can be improved through physiotherapy if they are more severe. Mild symptoms can be effectively managed by regular exercise, wearing good footwear and losing weight if this is necessary.
Because it is a long-term condition, it’s vital that you seek the right help and advice as soon as you become symptomatic. You may need assistance at home, for example, so make sure that you know who to get in touch with and when. You can read more about living with osteoarthritis on the NHS website.