Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis that affects the joints in our bodies. It can affect a single joint or multiple joints.
Common symptoms of OA include;
- Joint stiffness
- Pain with movement
- Joint swelling
- Joint instability
- Muscle weakness
- Decreased range of motion
- Sounds within the joint
There are many misconceptions about OA which I will try to clarify here.
Myth: Osteoarthritis is a normal part of aging. OA is certainly more common with age but it is not everyone’s destiny. Younger people can also suffer from OA. It is not normal “wear and tear” of a joint.
Myth: Exercise will increase pain. Appropriate exercise will help with joint range of motion, muscle strength and can help with weight management. All of which will improve pain levels.
Myth: Your parents had so you will have it. There is a genetic link in developing OA but there are many other risk factors associated with OA.
Myth: Osteoarthritis affects men and women the same: Women are twice as likely to develop OA.
If you are suffering from OA or have any questions please ask the osteopaths at Blackburn Osteopathy as they all have great knowledge and experience in managing OA.