Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis treatment hamiltonOsteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. Usually, when people use the word arthritis, this is what they mean, although it could technically refer to rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis, as well.

While there is no cure for osteoarthritis, there are several effective treatment options. Main Street Health offers multiple therapies to relieve pain and maintain or improve joint function.

What is osteoarthritis?

One of three main types of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the wearing down of cartilage in the joints. It is the most common type of arthritis and can affect any joint and anyone.

By contrast, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, and psoriatic arthritis affects the skin as well as joints.

Osteoarthritis may be called OA and is also known as degenerative joint disease.

What causes osteoarthritis?

The symptoms of arthritis (pain, stiffness) are caused by the breakdown of cartilage — the protective tissue in the joints that cushions their movements. This breakdown can occur for several reasons.

Common osteoarthritis causes include:

  • aging
  • obesity
  • joint injuries
  • work-related repetitive stress
  • excessive wear from sports / training

What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?
The most common signs of osteoarthritis are joint pain and stiffness. These are especially common when you get up in the morning or after you’ve been sitting for a while.

Additional osteoarthritis symptoms include:

  • grinding (you hear noise when you move the joint)
  • tenderness (the joint hurts when you apply pressure)
  • loss of mobility (you can’t use the complete range of motion)
  • grating sensation (you feel like the bones are rubbing or scraping)
  • bone spurs (you feel small, hard lumps around the affected joint)

Cartilage loss and osteoarthritis symptoms tend to worsen over time. Our therapists can show you how to prevent osteoarthritis from progressing. Come see us soon.

What is the treatment for osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a highly treatable condition. Therapy tends to focus on joint pain relief, flexibility, and prevention. Your therapist can tell you how to treat osteoarthritis most effectively after an in-depth assessment.

Common osteoarthritis treatments include:

At Main Street Health, we offer all of these treatment options under one roof. Our clinical team works together to provide a multi-disciplinary approach that ensures optimum management of your osteoarthritis symptoms.

Start your personalized, comprehensive osteoarthritis treatment program with a clinical assessment.

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