FROM LOW BACK, HI P, & KNEE ARTHR I T I S
Ifyou’reconstantlyfacinglowerback,hiporknee pain—youmightbe feelingarthritis.Asweage, the cartilage in our joints wears down, causing painful bone on bone rubbing, inflammation, stiffness, and pain. While there is no cure for replacing cartilage yet, it is possible to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis, by improving your joint movement, muscle strength, balance, and coordination. It’sevenpossibletoeliminatesymptomsentirely, depending on the amount of arthritis you have. What Is Arthritis, Exactly? Arthritis—orthepainfulstiffness,orinflammation, of joints—isn’t a single disease. The term “arthritis” isan informalexplanationof jointpain anddisease ingeneral. Over100typesofarthritisexist.Peopleofallages, races and gender can get it. It’s also the leading cause of ongoing disability. The most prevalent formofarthritisisosteoarthritis,whichiscaused byeither injuryornormalwearand tear. What Causes Lower Back, Hip and Knee Arthritis? Becausearthritis isacatch-allterm,pinpointing what causes arthritis may be difficult. In most
cases,arthritis iscausedbyoveruse,wearand tear,or injuries.Arthritiscanalsobecausedby: • Infections, such as Lyme disease • An immunesystemdysfunction-rheumatoid arthritis • The inheritance of osteoarthritis • Anabnormalmetabolism,whichleadstogout For arthritis suffers, even simply walking can causepain inthelowerback,hiporknee.Often, arthritis isadownwardspiralofprogresspain, limitingmovementandstrength,which inturn causes more inactivity and pain. However,by improving jointmovement,muscle strength, balance and coordination, this cycle canbebroken,reducingpainand inflammation. Arthritis & Manual Therapy Regardless of the cause of arthritis, manual therapy plays a major role in the treatment of arthritis symptoms and should be tried first, before more aggressive procedures such as surgery. While maintaining a healthy weight, exercise and a good diet help, surgical intervention may eventually be needed. However, manual therapy has been shown to beanexcellentwaytoprepareandrecoverafter
a total knee or hip replacement. It isverycommon forthemusclesthatsupport theknee,hip,andlowbacktobecomeweakened from inactivity. Through targeted easy to do exercises, we help your muscles regain their strength,providinggreatersupporttothe joints, and reducing inflammation. Furthermore, by improving balance and coordination, especially to the knee and hip joints, the abnormal strain on the joints is relieved, and safety is improved to reduce risk of further injury. If you or a loved one suffers from arthritis, you have options. The first step is to contact one of our clinicians today, and ask about treatment to restore mobility, comfort and quality of life. Seehowwecanhelpyour jointsfeelbetterand move better! Discover how our team of Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists and Osteopaths can get you moving pain-free again. Call us today! Sources: arthritis.org/about-arthritis/understanding- arthritis/what-is-arthritis.php • arthritis.org/about- arthritis/where-it-hurts/back-pain/causes/back-arthritis. php • arthritis-health.com/blog/7-core-exercises- relieve-back-and-hip-arthritis-pain • arthritis-health. com/blog/4-types-arthritis-cause-sacroiliac-joint-pain
EXERC I SE ESSENT I ALS USE THIS EXERCISE TO STRENGTHEN HIPS Hip Hikes While standing up on a step, lower one leg downward towards the floor by tilting your pelvis to the side. Then return the pelvis/ leg back to a leveled position. Repeat 3 times.
Alwaysconsultyour therapistorphysicianbeforestarting exercises you are unsure of.
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