It effects between 1.3 and 1.75 million people in England and Wales causing more than 100,000 hip or knee replacements a year. Cartilage around a joint is there to protect the joint.
Osteoarthritis is caused by degeneration of this cartilage. In younger people this is often at specific joints that experience excessive strain such as after a fracture or injury or after repetitive trauma in gymnasts etc. As you get older this occurs more globally in the body but is most commonly a problem in weight bearing joints such as knees hips and the spine.
The World Health Organisation advises manual therapy (such as Osteopathy) to help the problem as well as medication to control the pain. As you age it is natural to develop a little wear and tear, but most of us do not experience discomfort with it. However in some people the arthritis can be very painful, it is also possible for the wear itself to press on nerves causing further pain.
Here Edna speaks about her experiences.
At Sussex Osteopathic Clinics we get your body to accommodate to the wear, minimizing any dysfunction in the joint as well as getting other bits of your body to work better to compensate.
In this way we manage to get most patients either pain free or give considerable relief from arthritic symptoms. There is no reason to live in pain.
A large number of our patients have been recommended by local doctors and surgeons.