- We often find people get a bit confused with Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis and tend to combine them when explaining their problems to us.
- They both tend to be conditions of aging but are very different problems and treatment for each condition is very different.
Osteoarthritis is a “wear and tear” disease of the joints that causes joint pain, stiffness and swelling. It is a condition which affects the bone, cartilage, ligaments, and muscles, and can lead to a deformity and bony changes in the joint.
Usually, symptoms come on slowly but get worse over time. Osteoarthritis may occur in any joint but is most seen in the hip, knee, and small joints of the hand. It is more common in older people but can affect younger people as well. The symptoms vary from person to person and can include persistent pain and problems with joint movement.
Please go to our Osteoarthritis ebook for more information about diagnosis , treatment and how exercise and physiotherapy can help you.
Osteoporosis is a metabolic disease of the bone where the bones become less dense, lose their strength, and can lead to a greater risk of fractures. Throughout our lives we constantly have new bones tissue replace old bone tissue and bone is constantly being renewed.
Unfortunately for people with osteoporosis, more and more bone is lost and not replaced causing bones to become brittle and more likely to break.
Osteoporosis is pain free and is often unknown to the person until they suffer a broken bone from a minor bump or fall. Fractures are most common in the spine, hip, or wrist.
The most common posture people associate with osteoporosis is a curved upper back or kyphosis and this occurs when the upper back vertebrae fracture by “crushing down” at the front causing a wedging of the vertebrae also know as a crush fracture.
>Please go to our Osteoporosis ebook for more information about diagnosis, treatment and how exercise and physiotherapy can help you.
HOW CAN EAST GOSFORD PHYSIOTHERAPY HELP YOU MANGE YOUR OSTEOARTHRITIS OR OSTEOPOROSIS?
Physiotherapists at East Gosford Physiotherapy are leading physios on the Central Coast, expertly trained to help people with both Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis.
We listen to your concerns and help you find a management plan so you can live with your condition.
We then provide a treatment pathway which may include hands on treatment to help symptoms like massage and mobilization, but more importantly advise you on exercise and posture to help you become pain free again.
Our 3 step program helps you move from pain to performance, and helps you achieve your goals.
- Don’t let pain from osteoarthritis stop you enjoying your sports, social life or grand kids.
- Do something about it – get fit and strong again, so you can learn to live with osteoarthritis rather than it stopping you enjoying your life.