Jan 30, 2015
Osteoarthritis affects 33% of people over the age of 45 in the UK.
Knee and hip are the most common areas (18% and 8%) respective. Osteoarthritis is sometimes referred to as wear and tear arthritis and or degenerative joints. It can develop in younger individuals who have had a serious or repeated injuries or overuse, for example footballers and builders. osteoarthritis is where the cartilage loses its slippery surface, cracks develop and it becomes roughened. Overtime the cartilage becomes thinner and the edges of bones may change shape and little bony lumps or osteophytes may form. Symptoms vary according to severity, age and the joints involved but may include, pain, swelling, stiffness. You should seek help of your GP, medications can help and you may need to have the area xrayed. Manual therapy has been shown to be effective in relieving the symptoms of osteoarthritis. Manual therapy for osteoarthritis of the hip or knee – A systematic review
H.P. Frenchcorrespondenceemail, A. Brennan, B. White, T. Cusack
Received: June 1, 2010; Received in revised form: October 12, 2010; Accepted: October 25, 2010; Published Online: December 13, 2010
Back to Health offers manual therapy treatment for the relief of sypmtoms, read some excellent feedback from patients with ostearthritis on the testamonial page of http://www.backtohealthltd.uk