Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis affecting millions of people worldwide. This type of joint disease mainly affects middle-aged and elderly people, causing serious damage to the joint cartilage, causing acute joint pain and stiffness. It occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time. Generally, this condition affects the joints in hands, knees, hips and spine. New research suggests that regular exercise and physical therapy can provide relief for hip and knee arthritis pain.
The researchers studied more than 206 people suffering from hip and knee arthritis. The average age of the participants was 66 years. They were divided into two groups with one receiving conventional treatment and the second group receiving exercise, physical therapy or both as well as their standard care.
After two years, it was found that people who had adhered to a systematic exercise program combined with physical therapy treatments showed greater improvements in joint pain, stiffness and physical function than those who received usual care alone.
The researchers concluded that including exercise and/or physical therapy as part of usual medical care benefits people with knee and hip arthritis. A high level of physical activity helps strengthen muscles and increases flexibility. In addition, it helps to improve spinal functioning and strength.
Specialists in leading pain management clinics do provide such comprehensive treatment to help people effectively manage arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. After a detailed evaluation of the patient’s condition for accurate diagnosis, they develop customized treatment plans that blend exercises with therapies such as cold/heat application, massage, TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) and NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).