Osteoarthritis, the most prevalent form of arthritis, most often affects elderly individuals but can affect younger individuals due to various contributing factors. Osteoarthritis results when protective cartilage within joints deteriorates over time, causing pain, stiffness, and decreased joint functionality, negatively impacting the quality of life for an individual.
Ageing is one of the primary risk factors of osteoarthritis, with wear and tear making joints increasingly vulnerable over time. Sports-related trauma or accidents may increase that risk further and create lasting damage that worsens with age. Abnormal joint structure, as well as genetic predisposition, contribute to susceptibility.
Obesity stresses joints, particularly knees, hips and the lower back, leading to osteoarthritis and increasing its risk. Repetitive joint use in work-related activities or repetitive movements may accelerate tissue degradation in shared spaces, accelerating tissue breakdown in their areas and potentially increasing osteoarthritis risk.
Recognizing osteoarthritis involves recognizing its various symptoms that individuals might experience. Joint pain that worsens with activity but temporarily improves after rest is one symptom; other symptoms could include morning stiffness, swelling, limited range of motion reductions and visible joint changes as indicators of osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body, most often including the hands, knees, hips, neck and lower back. At TRI Physical Therapy, we specialize in pain management techniques for osteoarthritis; manual therapy, functional exercises, laser therapy, myofascial pain treatment, and trigger point therapy are among our specialties – plus patient-centric care to regain control and move towards pain-free living! So book an appointment now to start on this path towards freedom from discomfort!