Osteoarthritis is the break down of cartilage in a joint. This can cause pain, swelling and problems moving the effected joints. It is important to keep your joints strong and flexible, but without overusing them and flaring up your osteoarthritis symptoms.
Physical therapists can help reduce pain and swelling through manual therapy and modalities such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation. Physical therapists can also help to safely stretch your joints and muscles and guide you through a graded exercise program to build and maintain strength.
Modifying your daily routine and recreational activities may also be necessary. A physical therapist can help you determine which activities may need to be adjusted to decrease the amount of strain you are putting on your affected joints. They can also help fit you for braces and teach you how to correctly use assistive devices when appropriate.