Osteoarthritis is a disease caused by the deterioration of the connective tissues and the underlying bone of entire joint and mostly common to happen from middle age.. This condition is sometimes referred as degenerative joint disease. The symptoms of osteoarthritis vary, and depend on which joints are affected and the extent they are affected. Osteoarthritis is a most common form of arthritis in the knee. It is caused by degeneration (,”wear-and-tear”). This type of arthritis occurs mostly in people 50 years and older, but may occur in younger people also in any trauma injury . In osteoarthritis, the cartilage in the knee joint gradually wears out. Most common symptoms are pain and stiffness, especially first thing in the
These symptoms mostly tend to build over time rather than a sudden show up.
Sore or joint stiffness and particularly the hips, knees, and lower back after inactivity or over use. It is more likely to affect women rather than men after the age of 50.
Any Clicking or cracking sound when a joint bends
Mild swelling around the joint area.
Pain that becomes worse after activity or towards the end of the day
Here are some ways it may affect different parts of the body:
- Hips: Pain is felt in the groin area or buttocks and sometimes inside of the knee or thigh.
- Knees: Grating or scraping feeling occurs when moving the knee.
- Fingers: The Bony growths at the edge of joints can cause fingers to become swollen, tender and red. There may be pain at the base of the thumb also.
- Feet:Pain and tenderness may be also felt in large joint at the base of the big toe. There may be swelling in the ankles or toes.
It is a progressive disease and symptoms can become worse.
Physical therapy can help to reduce the pain, swelling, and stiffness of knee osteoarthritis, and it can help improve knee joint function. You need to find that balance of keeping your knee joints moving just enough so they’re strong and healthy, and physical therapy helps you do that. It can also make it easier for you to walk, bend, knee down, squat, and sit.
For more information and treatment by physiotherapy for osteoarthritis contact Sara Rehab at 905.497.4550