The word arthritis comes from the Greek arthron meaning "joint" and the Latin itis meaning "inflammation". It is a blanket term covering over 100 different conditions that cause inflamed painful stiff joints as part of their presentation.

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is inflammation in a joint resulting from “wear and tear” and will often result in degenerative pain. It is by far the most common form of arthritis because everyone will get it to some degree or other by the age of 50. The better we look after our joints the longer they last and the better we treat our painful joints the quicker that they will calm down. In this way we can minimise the damage to the joint cartilage and stay healthy into old age.

Osteoarthritis in the spine is referred to as Spondylosis. One of the most common joints that we see in the clinic is hip arthritis.

How do I manage my condition?

  • Reduce inflammation. When you start feeling pain in your back or any other joint it is very important to calm the joint down to minimise the swelling and damage. Ice the joint (most people will try heat which may increase the inflammation). If you can take them, NSAID’s like ibuprofen used for short periods can be very useful. Rest - stop the activity that is irritating the injury.
  • Reduce stiffness. Gentle manual therapy has been shown to help, by restoring function to joints.
  • Strengthen with appropriate exercise. You can regain controlled movement making it much less likely that the joint will become damaged further.

By following a careful but simple strategy we help hundreds of patients a year to regain control over their own pain and to live healthy active lives. Let us help you.



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Rugby Osteopathic Centre, 69 Albert Street, Rugby
Warwickshire, CV21 2SN, Tel: 01788 560646, Fax:01788 571318
Email: reception@rugbyosteopaths.co.uk

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