Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the UK, affecting around 8 million people.
It often develops in people who are over 50 years of age. However, it can occur at any age as a result of an injury or another joint-related condition.
Osteoarthritis initially affects the smooth cartilage lining of the joint. This makes movement more difficult than usual, leading to pain and stiffness.
The cartilage lining of the joint can then thin and tissues within the joint can become more active. This may lead to swelling and the formation of bony spurs, called osteophytes.
In osteoarthritis, the cartilage (connective tissue) between the bones gradually erodes, causing bone in the joints to rub together. The most commonly affected are those in the:
There’s no cure for arthritis, but there are many treatments that can help slow down the condition.
For osteoarthritis, medications are often prescribed, including:
- non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
In severe cases, the following surgical procedures may be required including arthroplasty (joint replacement)
Your osteopath can help your pain from arthritis by using exercises – taking into account a person’s current level of health and their specific requirements and manual therapy techniques – where the Osteopath helps recovery by using their hands to relieve muscle pain and stiffness, and encourage blood flow to an injured part of the body