Feeling the grind
Can seeing a physiotherapist prevent osteoarthritis from developing, or stem its severity?
There are a lot of beliefs in the population that as we get older that most people will develop OA. This belief is not true if people adopt a lifestyle of some sort of physical activity in their daily or weekly life. There are some risks factors for OA which are: previous joint injury, overweight or obesity age, being female or family history; however, In my experience people who lead a healthy lifestyle and engage in some sort of physical activity program will be less likely to develop OA symptoms or be able to control the symptoms that they already have. In my experience, people who have already been diagnosed with OA are not well educated on the condition or what can be done to help them. Seeing a physio who can help educate them on the risk factors and the importance of exercise as the first line of treatment is pivotal in stemming the advancement of OA in individuals.
Can a Physiotherapist help me to build muscle strength?
Physiotherapists have a special skill set in being able to identify, assess, and correct muscle strength deficits. A Physiotherapist can help you achieve your functional goals by tailoring a progressive strength program for you. A gym-based program can be prescribed however if the gym is not for you a home-based body weight program can be provided.