I often hear people complaining about aching joints as the weather turns. One of the causes of these aches is Osteoarthritis, sometimes referred to as wear and tear. Osteoarthritis is a condition in which the joint cartilage becomes worn sometimes resulting in pain, inflammation and altered use. It can have a considerable impact on a person’s life.
If you, or someone you know, has Osteoarthritis, here are a few things to think about to help you manage the symptoms and allow you to achieve the things you want to do.
Find a routine and pace that works for you. Balance is important, activity will help to reduce stiffness but overuse may be uncomfortable. Plan your day so any heavy activity occurs later, when there are more opportunities to rest afterwards.
Exercise is an important part of managing Osteoarthritis. Try to find something you enjoy and can achieve. If you are unsure about what will suit you personally, consult with a health care professional.
Medication helps. Visit your GP, discuss any concerns you may have and pick up a suitable prescription. Review your progress regularly with your GP. There are many supplements on the market, of those available, limited research has suggested Glucosamine Sulphate may be helpful.
Manual Therapy may also be beneficial. Have a look into Osteopathy, Chiropractic or Physiotherapy, see if any friends have a recommendation for you. I, of course, have a natural bias towards Osteopathy.
Craig Cordiner has been an Osteopath working in Suffolk for over fourteen years. He has just opened a new Clinic in Aqua Pharmacy on Duke Street, near the marina where he offers Osteopathy, Cranial Osteopathy and Acupuncture.
www.orwellosteopaths.co.uk – 0747 246 5828
Aqua Pharmacy, 52 Duke Street, Ipswich