Osteoarthritis And Physiotherapy Singapore
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Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease, classified under
mechanical degradation of joints and joints tissue. Symptoms of a person
with osteoarthritis will include pain within the affected joint,
stiffness, 'locking' of the knee and tenderness to the touch. When
cartilage wears off due to wear and tear, the bone surfaces becomes more
vulnerable to physical trauma (as the cartilages serve as 'shock
absorbers'). This in turn causes pain, and the patient will limit the
movement of the joint, which causes muscle atrophy and ligamental
Treatments involves a mix of exercise
therapy, lifestyle changes and modifications, and painkillers to lessen
or manage the pain. If the pain experienced becomes overpowering,
patients who have less risk often undergo joint replacement surgery such
as hip replacement, knee replacement of the joint with osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a very common form of arthritis, and a big cause of long term impairment and disability.
Signs And Symptoms
Symptoms include pains
(aching, pulling, burning) in joint and surrounding joint structures,
loss of mobility and function, as well as decreased use. Sometimes
movements will cause a cracking noise (known as crepitus), and
accompanied by muscle spasms. Our patients also will often complain that
the differences in weather e.g. moving from a cold room to a hot room
or vice versa will result in a cramping ache.
often affects mobile and more weight bearing joints, such as the mobile
hands, or the larger weight bearing hips and knees. As it progresses,
the joints enlarge, becoming increasingly more painful and decreasing in
mobility, as the day progresses. This distinguishes it from its related
cousin, rheumatoid arthritis, that often gets better as time goes by.
In smaller joints such as the joints of the hands and fingers,
Heberden's nodes can form on the end finger joint, and Bouchard's
nodules can form on the joints just after the knuckles (refer to the
picture by Drahreg01). They are not always painful, but they do restrict
the movement of the fingers.
Causes Of Osteoarthritis
are two types of OA classified: primary and secondary.
Primary OA is the chronic degenerative disorder that is related by is
not primarily caused by aging (some people in their 80+ or 90+ have no
OA at all). Over time, the cartilages in our joints shrink, and becomes
Secondary OA is caused by a variety
of factors, but ends up with the same pathological results as of the
primary OA. Some of the causes are listed here:
- Joint disorders.
- Diabetes mellitus.
- Any/all forms of inflammatory/arthritic diseases.
- Direct trauma.
- Joint infections.
- Ligamental laxity or instability.
- Other syndromes such as marfan's syndrom and wilson's disease.
recommend a combination of treatment approaches and modalities for a
more effective outcomes. Lifestyle changes and modification such as
adopting a more active lifestyle of healthy eating, exercise and
weightloss), coupled with painkillers are some of the long term
Physical therapy helps to improve
function, increase strength and mobility, decrease pain and delay the
need for surgery. The exercise therapy that is prescribed by
physiotherapists is documented to be more effective than that of a pure
pharmaceutical approach. Some of the areas where we will target include
balance training, gait correction re-training, and functional
mobilization. Hand therapists often prescribe custom-made splints to
prevent aggravation and deformities.
The best way to reduce joint pain, quite frankly, may simply be to
pursue natural treatment for arthritis with a joint relief supplement
with chondroitin and glucosamine. Multiple
studies demonstrate these two compounds not only reduce joint pain, they may
also protect cartilage and offer greater mobility. That's more that most
arthritis medications offer, and probably safer as well.
Try Joint Relief Solution. A blend of natural ingredients,
including glucosamine and chondroitin, it's also formulated with willow bark
extract. You might be surprised to learn that willow bark has the same active
ingredient as aspirin, and shows dramatic reduction in pain symptoms, with less
reliance on NSAIDs as well.
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Our Physio & Rehab Expertise
Specialist Rehab Group works with specialist physiotherapists and specialist rehab therapists who are highly trained, qualified, experienced and passionate to provide high level of expert care to our patients.
Areas of specialization
- physiotherapy: back and neck (spine), sports, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle
- hand therapy: forearm, wrist, hand and fingers
- podiatrist: leg, calf, ankle, foot and toes
- read more on our specializations here
All our therapists are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCM). See our entire team here by location and specialization.
Initially, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough
assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to
help you recover. They then provide
expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific
exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term
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We are a wholly Singapore Private Limited group of licensed physiotherapists, hand therapists, podiatrists, chiropractors, sports massage therapists, clinical pilates practitioners and TCM physicians practicing in our scope of rehabilitation and its areas of specializations. As listed in our website are the list of services we provide our clients as referred by their medical doctors or by self referrals/word of mouth.
The range of rehabilitation results vary from patients to patients, depending on a variety of factors and reasons such as severity of condition, genetics, gender and age. However, we will still deliver the best evidence-based-practice of physiotherapy, hand therapy, TCM, sports training and deep tissue release therapy that we can deliver.
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