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Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects the joints. It is the most common type of arthritis in the UK, with an estimated 8.5 million people affected by the condition.

There are three characteristics of osteoarthritis:

  • It causes damage to cartilage – the strong, smooth surface that lines the bones and allows joints to move easily and without friction
  • It results in bony growths developing around the edge of the joints
  • It causes mild inflammation of the tissues around the joints (synovitis).

Osteoarthritis mostly occurs in the knees, hips and small joints of the hands, but almost any joint can be affected. Osteoarthritis usually develops in people who are over 50 years of age, and it is more common in women than in men. It is commonly thought that osteoarthritis is an inevitable part of getting older, but this is not true. Younger people can also be affected by osteoarthritis, often as a result of an injury or another joint condition.

The cornerstone for managing osteoarthritis is starting an appropriate exercise program to strengthen the muscles surrounding the joints and promote general aerobic fitness as soon as possible. This treatment method is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guideline for Osteoarthritis (to read all of their recommendations please follow the link below). We can show you how to successfully implement a specific exercise program for your condition.The cornerstone for managing osteoarthritis is starting an appropriate exercise program to strengthen the muscles surrounding the joints and promote general aerobic fitness as soon as possible. This treatment method is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guideline for Osteoarthritis.

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