September 8 is a significant day in the calendar of physiotherapists. It is the day that World Physiotherapy was founded back in 1951 and continues to be observed to highlight the valuable contributions of physiotherapists around the world.
As the theme for this years World PT Day is Osteoarthritis (OA) we, at PhysioXpert thought we’d share some pearls of wisdom & insight into the sometimes misunderstood condition that is Osteoarthritis (OA).
OA is a common degenerative joint disease that affects 520 million people around the world, with an increasing prevalence. OA can affect any moveable joint, most commonly the knees, hips, hands & shoulders. Osteoarthritis is associated with joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation. The exact cause is unknown, however, factors such as being overweight or a previous joint injury can increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis.
In some people there are no symptoms, but in others the symptoms of osteoarthritis can lead to functional limitations. However, common misconceptions impact people living with osteoarthritis globally – and rehabilitation professionals need to communicate evidence-based messages that help people to live life to their maximum potential.
How can PhysioXpert help with Osteoarthritis?
Here at PhysioXpert we strive on being rehabilitation professionals who aim to help people with a range of conditions, including osteoarthritis, to maximise their physical potential – often through exercise and physical activity. The exercise and physical activity are safe and evidence-based as we aim to be the first line management professionals for osteoarthritis. Thus includes but not limited to:
• Reducing the burden of the disease, by correct management & effective loading strategies.
• Reducing pain & inflammation
• Educating one about the misconceptions & myths surrounding OA.
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.
Exercise and physical activity play a key role in improving and maintaining movement and function. Exercise can even reduce pain and in some cases delay or prevent a joint replacement.