THE ROLE OF PHYSICAL THERAPY (PHYSIOTHERAPY) IN OSTEOARTHRITIS
Many people with osteoarthritis have joint stiffness or limited range of motion of a joint. Muscle weakness also can occur due to joint pain, lack of use or from joint stiffness. Physiotherapy can play an important role in the treatment of osteoarthritis. The goals of physiotherapy are to decrease inflammation, improve joint range of motion, and strengthen the muscles surrounding the affected joint(s). Stretching and strengthening exercises can help achieve these goals. Other physiotherapy techniques may also be helpful.
It may not be necessary to go to physiotherapy on a regular basis. Physiotherapists who are trained to treat people with osteoarthritis can provide safe treatment programs that can be done at home. Additionally, a physiotherapist can help educate people about proper exercise techniques and appropriate activities to minimize stress on their joints.
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