Osteoarthritis is an inflammation in the joints that can cause swelling, pain, and stiffness. It can affect one or more joints at a time. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage of a joint begins to breakdown over the years and causes bone on bone friction in the joint. Physical Therapy is a good way to begin treatment of Arthritis to learn the proper stretches and techniques of strengthening exercises to avoid further injury or irritation.
At home treatment for Arthritis may include the following:
- Applying heat to decrease stiffness and relieve pain
- Apply ice if there is increased inflammation and pain
- Use of pain medication and anti-inflammatory medication
- Stretching the affected joint and surrounding muscles
- Low impact strengthening exercises
Surgery can be performed for severe cases of Arthritis if the above treatments are ineffective. But the most important thing you can do is keep moving.
Disclaimer: The information in this blog is intended to be informational only, and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical care. Consult a doctor or a physical therapist before attempting treatment on your own.
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