Understanding Osteoarthritis: A Closer Look

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a prevalent condition characterised by the degeneration of cartilage and damage to bones, primarily affecting the knees, hands, and hip joints. Approximately 9.3% of Australians are grappling with this condition, its prevalence significantly rises after the age of 45, particularly among females [1]. While sporting injuries can contribute to its onset, factors like weight, joint injuries, and specific occupations also play a role. As the condition advances, even routine tasks can become challenging.

Mitigating Risks: A Proactive Approach

To reduce the risk of osteoarthritis, adopting a proactive lifestyle is essential. Here are some key measures recommended by the Arthritis Foundation to prevent and manage osteoarthritis effectively [2]:

1. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Excess weight is a significant contributor to osteoarthritis development, as it imposes greater strain on weight-bearing joints and elevates stress on the cartilage. Effective weight management is particularly crucial for individuals with knee and/or hip osteoarthritis falling within the overweight or obese category.

2. Control Blood Sugar

Monitoring and controlling blood sugar levels is vital, as there is a direct link between diabetes and an increased risk of osteoarthritis. Keeping blood sugar within a healthy range contributes to overall joint health.

3. Engage in Regular Exercise

Regular physical activity is important in preventing osteoarthritis and managing its symptoms. Exercise focuses on improving joint function and reducing discomfort. Combining physiotherapy and light exercise can significantly enhance the quality of life for individuals dealing with osteoarthritis.

4. Protect Joints

Taking proactive steps to protect joints during daily activities can make a significant difference. Simple measures, such as pacing or modifying tasks, contribute to minimising joint stress.

The Power of Physiotherapy

Regardless of age, physiotherapy is essential for managing osteoarthritis, which can develop at any stage of life. Incorporating physiotherapy into your routine can help alleviate symptoms and improve overall joint health. [1]

Take Action Today 

Ready to take control of your osteoarthritis symptoms? Contact LeapCare Health Group today to learn more or schedule an appointment. Our expert team is dedicated to providing personalised care to help you navigate the challenges of osteoarthritis effectively.

Disclaimer: The content presented on this blog is meant solely for educational and informational purposes. It is not a replacement for professional advice or treatment. For any queries related to a medical condition, always consult with a qualified professional. Never neglect professional medical advice or postpone seeking it based on information obtained from this blog.


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