Treatment options for sufferers of osteoarthritis

5 Modern Osteoarthritis Treatment Options You Shouldn’t Ignore

Photo: Pexels Osteoarthritis is a debilitating condition where the movement, flexibility, and overall performance of your joints breaks down over time. While there isn't a cure or permanent solution, there are several modern osteoarthritis treatment options that can significantly improve your quality of life (and reduce pain). Below are the 5 most common treatment options we recommend at Athletic Edge Sports Medicine. 1. Physiotherapy Typically used for injury rehabilitation, physiotherapy's focus on movement and exercise make it an ideal alternative (or supplement) to pharmaceuticals and surgery for OA sufferers. Guided exercise can improve your range of motion, decrease swelling, and engage stabilizing muscles to decrease stress on your joints. Before any recommendations are made, your physiotherapist will need to conduct an initial assessment. During this session, your physiotherapist will determine the source (and extent) of your pain, potential issues with your movement (things like range of motion, posture, gait, etc.), and mechanical weaknesses (strength, flexibility, etc.) that may be exacerbating your condition. This assessment is used to create a custom treatment plan to address mechanical problems. A treatment plan typically lasts 6 weeks or more. Initially, the physiotherapist may recommend basic strength and flexibility exercises in order to get the...

What is Osteoarthritis of the Knee: Symptoms and Non-Surgical Alternatives

As an insidious condition that does a great job of sneaking up on people over the course of time, osteoarthritis is a common ailment suffered by thousands of people across Canada. The knee seems particularly prone to developing it.  Known as osteoarthritis of the knee, it’s the most common type of osteoarthritis.  Although it is more common in people over 40, it strikes all age groups. While athletes are common sufferers of osteoarthritis of the knee, they are, by no means, the only sufferers. What is osteoarthritis of the knee? Osteoarthritis of the knee refers to the degeneration of the actual knee joint. More specifically, this means that the hyaline cartilage covering the articulating surfaces of the bones in the knee joint have deteriorated. What causes osteoarthritis of the knee? Typically attributed to wear and tear, there are actually many different contributing factors leading to osteoarthritis of the knee, which whether hereditary, or resulting from trauma suffered to the knee, can include: -          Trauma to knee joint, including tearing of the meniscus -          Recurrent patellar dislocation or patella fracture -          Fractures of the knee or knee dislocation -          Ligamentous instability, such as an ACL injury -          Various genetic factors, including...

Causes of osteoarthritis osteoarthritis doesnt only impact athletes

Osteoarthritis is a plague to athletes.   Wear and tear on joints over time, and the resulting breakdown of joint cartilage means many athletes are prone to it. Sports that are relentlessly demanding on the bodies of athletes, placing enormous stress on their joints, lead to osteoarthritis later in life unless athletes are vigilant about prevention. That said, osteoarthritis doesn’t only impact athletes. The Arthritis Society of Canada has recently cited osteoarthritis as the most common form of arthritis, affecting 1 in 10 Canadian adults. While osteoarthritis affects people of all ages, it is most common in adults over the age of 60. What causes this disease? Aside from wear and tear and overuse, most commonly associated with athletes, joint injury may also occur in motor vehicle accidents or accidents at work or home.  Athletes with a history of repeated injuries are also the most likely to develop osteoarthritis as they age. Fractures and infections arising from accidents can harm the internal tissues of a joint. Working with a sports therapy clinic can mitigate risk to athletes through preventative education and programs. Joint wear and tear that simply occurs over time, which is often evident in the elderly, is also a...

Preventative Medicine and Sports Therapy for Performing Arts

Theatre is a wonderful form of entertainment and depends on performing artists who are highly dedicated to their craft to create the magic so often found there.  The industry, however, is highly competitive and extremely demanding of performers. When people think of athletes they may picture football, tennis or basketball players or long distance runners.  But like other athletes, dancers and musicians also experience injury and develop conditions as a result of their trade. Professional musicians and dancers face common injuries like tendinitis, sprains, muscle strains, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck and back pain, and other orthopedic, neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions. Think about the repetitive nature of practice and performance for string musicians, pianists and wind instrument players. It’s little wonder they often suffer from conditions related to overuse of the tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. Neck and shoulder pain is very common. So is pain in the hands. Dancers tend to face musculoskeletal and orthopedic conditions involving the feet, ankles, hips and knees and are also more prone to injury regarding bones and ligaments such as the ACL. For these reasons preventative medicine and sports therapy for performing artists are growing. Occasionally chronic injuries and/or conditions develop as a result...

Knee Ligament Injuries Are Common and Sudden

How can such a small part of the body cause SO much pain?! Did you know that a tear to the 1-2 inch ACL is one of the most common knee ligament injuries? Called “a torn ACL” (Anterior Cruciate Ligament), this small ligament is found beneath the knee cap. When torn, it is extremely painful and often requires medical assistance including surgery. A knee ligament injury will often show up when people are involved in a sport of some kind, in fact athletes are famous for being stricken by a torn ACL – one of the more serious forms of knee ligament injury. Knee ligament injuries can also occur in accidents in the home. Even kids horsing around the wrong way can end up with knee ligament injuries like a torn ACL. Football, basketball, tennis, volleyball and soccer are the most common sports where these injuries happen and there are two primary reasons for this: • Firstly, these sports involve accelerating, then rapidly decelerating with constant and quick changes in direction. This is often referred to as “cutting”. • Secondly, all these sports involve jumping. What goes up must come down…but unfortunately not always in a straight line! Every time...

Are Sports Therapy Clinics Only Used When An Injury Has Occurred?

It’s interesting to note how people often take better care of the things they own than they do their bodies.  Take cars for example.  Frequently, owners make faithful priority of their car maintenance:  scheduling oil changes, tire rotations even detailing and car washes, with fluids all topped up to boot.  So why is it people often wait until they’re njured to visit sports therapy clinics?  That’s like waiting until you have engine trouble before visiting your mechanic for a tune up! The truth is, people are creatures of habit and are often reactive rather than proactive.  It often takes an injury, trauma or condition that can no longer be tolerated to prompt a person to seek treatment.  But what many fail to realize is that listening to the body and early symptoms, a problem can easily be solved.  The alternative is waiting until the condition becomes unbearable, and why on earth would you ever choose to do that?! Whether you’re an athlete or non-athlete, there are simple things you can be doing to prevent injury or worsening existing conditions, and such steps often involve the services of sports therapy clinics.  You will find they not only treat the injured but...

Causes Of Joint Pain Symptoms Of Osteoarthritis

Ahh the joy of joints…they bend, they move…and sometimes they hurt. If you suffer from joint pain you are not alone. Joint pain is actually so common it affects hundreds of thousands of people throughout Canada. There are many causes of joint pain, with the two most common being:  injury, and disease of the joint (or of the tissues that surround the joint). But, identifying joint pain is trickier than it sounds as you need to first truly determine if the pain youre experiencing is actually in the joint. Joints, by definition, are areas where two bones meet to provide motion to a particular body part, for instance: knees, ankles, elbows, shoulders, hips and wrists.  The essential stuff (!) But joints are separated by cartilage and ligaments that attach the bones around the joint. Then there are tendons that helpfully attach muscle to the bone around the joint.  The problem is: cartilage, ligaments and tendons are ALL also prone to injury, so the sensation of pain in the joint region does not automatically mean you have injured the joint itself.   If you self-diagnose and try and treat the area the wrong way, you wont be solving the problem. The causes...