Approximately 22 million Australians live with osteoarthritis (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2018)
Almost every day we treat clients who have osteoarthritis in a joint of their body. Osteoarthritis is the “wear and tear” arthritis that can build up in the body.
The good news is that there is a lot we can do to help improve symptoms and keep you doing what you love even if you do suffer from arthritis.
What contributes to osteoarthritis?
- Being overweight. Increased weight leads to increased force on the joints which accelerates wear and tear of joints.
- Stiff Joints and reduced joint range of movement again affect forces on the body increasing wear and tear.
- Previous joint injury over time can negatively affect how a joint functions
- Weak muscles cause more load to be taken in the joints also playing a part.
1 in 5 Australians over the age of 45 has osteoarthritis and approximately ⅓ of people aged over 75 and over experience this condition.
So it is really pretty common.
So how can I help myself?
Exercising and being physically active will help you reduce the build p of arthritis and also help improve your function if you have it.
An improved range of joint motion can increase muscle strength and support the affected joints. It also can assist with weight loss.
But I don’t know what exercises are right for me
We can show you the right exercises for you and teach you how to know how much to do and how to progress your exercise to improve your symptoms and keep doing the things you love. We will target things like poor muscle strength, muscle tightness or joint stiffness.
Correcting these imbalances in a controlled, tailored way can help you become pain-free and enjoy a better quality of life.
If you need help then give us a call. A lot of our clients wish they started earlier than they have, so get started today.