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The treatment options for Osteoarthritis include:

 

 

Osteoarthritis affects an estimated 21 million people in the United States and is characterized by mild to debilitating pain in the joints such as hands, knees, hips, feet and back. According to the Arthritis Foundation, the disease is most prevalent among individuals 45 years of age and older. Women are more prone to the disease. The therapists at ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center use physical therapy, manual techniques, soft tissue massage to First: significantly reduce the pain, by treating the swelling around various knee tendons and knee capsule. Second, increase the motion in the joint, and Third: minimize the loss of muscle mass and knee stability by joint and muscle exercises to improve strength and flexibility.

 

Modalities like ultra sound, ice, heat and medical acupuncture are used to loosen up the muscle tissue and increase the blood flow to the injured area, and hereby starting the healing process by providing access of nutrition and oxygen to the injured area.

 

by Jack Verhees PT

Osteoarthritis
Conditions Treated
What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis [not to be confused with rheumatoid arthritis] is also called degenerative joint disease. It is not really a disease but more a degenerative process, which causes joint cartilage to slowly break down. This breakdown removes the buffer [cartilage] between bones, and the resulting bone against bone friction causes pain and eventual loss of movement. Symptoms include joint pain or aching (often after exercise or extended periods of pressure on weight-bearing joints) and limited or eventual loss of range of motion.

 

The abovementioned cartilage is a living tissue that grows, breaks down, and repairs itself on the joint surfaces to provide the smooth and friction free movement.

 

How do you get Osteoarthritis?

There is a wide array of factors that cause the development and progression of the disease. But since it is basically an excess of wear and tear in the joint surfaces, common risk factors include:

 

 

What are the treatment options?