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Osteoarthritis: How Physiotherapy Can Stop Your Pain

February 13 | 2024
Posted by Sharon Tierney

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Osteoarthritis in the knee. Image by jcomp on Freepik What is osteoarthritis (OA)? Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. Alternatively, some people call it degenerative joint disease or “wear and tear” arthritis. It occurs most frequently in the hands, hips, and knees. With OA, the cartilage within a joint begins to break down and the underlying bone begins to change. These changes usually develop slowly and get worse over time. Eventually, it can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling. In more severe cases, it also causes reduced function and disability; some people are no longer able to do daily tasks or work. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most prevalent joint disease and a leading cause of disability in older adults. Signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis: Pain or aching Stiffness Decreased range of motion (or flexibility) Swelling Risk factors: Joint injury or overuse—Injury or overuse, such…

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Understanding Hip Bursitis: Physio 101

October 16 | 2023
Posted by Sharon Tierney

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Hip bursitis is a common yet painful condition that affects many individuals. This condition often leads to discomfort, limited mobility, and decreased quality of life. Fortunately, physiotherapy can be an effective approach to alleviate pain, improve mobility, and enhance strength. In this blog, we will explore what hip bursitis is, its symptoms, and how physiotherapy can help in managing and treating this condition. Understanding Hip Bursitis Hip bursitis is the inflammation of one or more bursae in the hip joint. Bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion and reduce friction between bones, tendons, and muscles around joints. In the hip, two bursae commonly become inflamed: the trochanteric bursa on the outside of the hip and the iliopsoas bursa on the inside. Diagram showing greater trochanteric bursitis Causes of Hip Bursitis Repetitive Overuse:  Firstly, continuous activities that involve repetitive hip movements, such as running, cycling, or climbing…

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