With regards to treatment of Osteoarthritis, physiotherapy treatment can be considered the most conservative method to manage this condition. Physiotherapy treatment is proven to manage an arthritic joint at various stages of degeneration. The focus of physiotherapy treatment is to reduce pain, improve range of motion of the joint, and build up specific muscle groups that will hold and control the movement of the joint.
With a detail assessment through a physiotherapist, we can properly identify the symptoms that are caused by the arthritic joint. Treatment may include the use of various hands on techniques to stretch or massage affected muscles, various modalities such as ice or heat to reduce inflammation in the joint, as well as the use of a specialized exercise program to build muscle strength that will support and control the joint.
Alternatively, as recommended by your physiotherapist, the use of custom bracing or alternative therapy such as acupuncture and massage therapy can help to improve the recovery of the affected joint.
Once pain is under control through active treatment, it is best to follow through with a maintenance plan consisting of home exercises and routine checkups with the physiotherapist. In this sense, we can reduce the amount of acute flare-up caused by the arthritis and prevent further damage to the joint.
For more information on treating osteoarthritis through physiotherapy please call Amberlea Physiotherapy & Rehab Clinic at 905-492-5588 or book your appointment online.