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Sometimes called degenerative joint disease or “wear and tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA) occurs when the protective layer of cartilage between the joints breaks down causing increased friction between the joints and inflammation. This inflammation leads to pain, swelling, popping or cracking, stiffness, and loss of joint movement.
OA is caused by age, overuse, previous injuries, occupation, weight, and genetics. It can occur almost anywhere in the body, but the most common areas are the knees, hips, neck, back, hands, and feet. Osteoarthritis is not reversible, but there are several things you can do to decrease pain and prevent the joints from further degrading.
Most people with osteoarthritis think that exercising will increase their pain, in turn making their OA worse, but research shows just the opposite. Exercise is one of the safest and most effective treatments for OA if performed properly and in moderation. Here are three types of exercise to treat OA:
Sheltering Arms can help reduce the pain associated with your osteoarthritis. Our physical and occupational therapists build a customized plan to addresses your specific needs and improve your quality of life. To learn more about how physical rehabilitation can help arthritis, click the button below or call (804) 764-1000 to schedule an evaluation with a Sheltering Arms therapist.