As described in our previous article, arthritis is a progressive wear of cartilage. Cartilage is a tissue that is made to absorb impact in the joints. But how can we better manage our affected joints and therefore stop the symptoms and limit the progression of osteoarthritis?
Remember that cartilage is a biological tissue in the joints that has the ability to adapt (strengthen or weaken), despite the fact that its adaptation is quite slow. So, what can you do to allow “good adaptation” of our cartilage?
Cartilage that is found in a joint affected by osteoarthritis has a reduced ability to undergo mechanical stress (impact). In his intervention, the physiotherapist looks for ways to increase the ability of this tissue to undergo impact. The main tools to achieve this goal will be: (1) gradual increase in the impact on the joint and (2) improvement of the joint range.
Remember the importance of being progressive! Moreover, it is important not to stop moving in the long term. Then you need to find the level of activity that will allow you to adapt without increasing your symptoms.
Examples of useful activities to gradually increase joint load:
- Walking (with or without weight in the hands)
- Skipping rope
Our physiotherapists can help you improve your functional level by limiting the progression of joint wear and the symptoms associated with it. A physiotherapist will make a full assessment of the situation in order to identify the causes of this premature cartilage wear. In such a situation, it is important to understand the importance of staying active, so as to positively modify certain risk factors for osteoarthritis.
Risk Factors Related to Osteoarthritis:
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Physical inactivity
- Postural errors
- Bio-mechanical faults
- Joint stiffness
- Muscle imbalance
Moreover, an important part of our intervention in physiotherapy involves muscle strengthening exercises and joint mobility associated with a program of cardiovascular exercises involving weight-baring (putting weight on the joints). Our physiotherapists are most effective when you work as a teams with them.
Looking forward to seeing you active,
The Dynamik team