With over 100 types of arthritis affecting 10 million people in the UK alone, finding the right treatment is important in achieving a normal pain-free life. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, causing pain and inflammation of the joints. Depending on the type of arthritis diagnosed will determine the care and medication options suitable for each individual.
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Symptoms of osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis can cause pain and stiffness of the joints due to swelling and is often more apparent in the mornings after waking or following periods of rest. Although this stiffness often disappears after moving about for around 30 minutes, these symptoms can build over time affecting knees, hips, fingers and back.
Treatments for osteoarthritis
Treatments available for osteoarthritis work to relieve the painful symptoms and help to restore flexibility and movement. Popular over the counter medications such as ibuprofen can be helpful in reducing inflammation and pain, but they can be unsuitable for certain people. Side effects can include an increased risk of stroke or heart attack, ringing in the ears and dizziness.
We would always recommend visiting a specialist in osteoarthritis who will carry out a detailed medical analysis and provide a treatment plan suitable for you.
If initial medications are unsuitable or a plan recommends alternative therapies, there are several options that reduce pain and inflammation and can strengthen surrounding joint muscles and promote movement. The Rogers Regenerative Medical Group offers the following treatments suitable for osteoarthritis:
Osteopathy uses manipulation to massage and stretch joints affected by osteoarthritis and is a good choice for those who prefer to treat the condition without the need for medication or surgery. As osteopathy is regulated by law in the UK, osteopaths are highly skilled in treating health conditions involving the muscles, ligaments, connective tissue, bones and how they work together as a whole.
Lipogems treatment, established in 2016 in the US, can be used to relieve pain from joints caused by osteoarthritis by providing support and cushioning. As this process uses the patient’s own repair cells found in adipose tissue (tummy fat), it can provide an alternative to pain medications such as ibuprofen. In more serious cases, Lipogems treatment can be used as an alternative treatment choice compared to surgery.
Research has shown a consistent link between being overweight and osteoarthritis of the knee due to the increased load placed on the joint. Weight management through RRMG’s Metabolic Health Clinic offers a wide range of treatments designed to help patients improve their understanding of their body and their diet. Not only can the clinic help to reduce the effects of osteoarthritis through weight loss, but it will also enable you to become a fitter and healthier person.
EMANUELE CALABRESE BSC OST (HONS), DO, OSTEOPATHY
A former professional basketball player, Emanuele is a passionate and enthusiastic Italian Osteopath. Emanuele’s professionalism, passion and a non-judgemental approach are part of his everyday clinical practice. His motto is “Everyone is different, and therefore has to be treated differently.”
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