Arthritis has many causes, including poor posture / biomechanics and sports injuries. There are many forms of arthritis, just some of which are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gouty arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the result of the body’s attempt to stabilise an unstable joint by ultimately fusing it. Joints commonly affected are the feet (33 joints), ankles, knees, hips and back.
It is rare that conservative treatments targeting joint stability do not achieve a reduction in the arthritic pain.
As arthritis has such destructive effects to individuals quality of life and independence, biomechanical treatments can form the basis of pain relief return to activity and potentially slow the degenerative process.
Having stabilised the painful joint, manual therapies such as joint mobilisation and muscle strengthening and stretching programs are effective in managing most arthritic joints.
When conservative and biomechanical treatments for arthritis fail to maintain the desired quality of life or stop the pain, surgical methods may be necessary.
For further information about arthritis see the Australia Arthritis Association.