What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a common condition that may cause joint stiffness, swelling and pain – usually in the knees, hips, feet, hands and spine. Some people’s arthritis can be so severe that joint replacements are the best solution, while others experience few symptoms even though x-rays show that they have quite advanced osteoarthritis.
What causes osteoarthritis?
It is not known exactly what causes osteoarthritis, although it can be triggered by injury or repeated stress on a joint many years earlier. For example, carpet layers often develop osteoarthritis in their knees due to years of wear and tear. It is usually affects people aged 50 and over, and is more common in women. Genetic factors play a role in some forms of osteoarthritis.
How can physiotherapy help?