What are the common treatments for osteoarthritis?
Basic treatments for osteoarthritis are physiotherapy, weight loss and painkillers.
Physiotherapy involves designing simple stretching and weight bearing exercises designed to strengthen and loosen up the joint. Simple aerobic exercise can have a number of benefits if approached correctly. Using the joint will reduce inflammation and swelling, improve stability and reduce pain through a combination of the above and endorphin release. Weight loss will reduce pain caused by load-bearing.
The simplest exercises, such as
This type of exercise will improve stamina, mood and sleep, whilst
Using exercise in combination with physiotherapy and painkillers will help to make a happy joint - and, consequently, a happier life in general.
So start today to begin seeing results soon.
Having osteoarthritis is not a barrier to being active; it is just a challenge to overcome.
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