Osteoarthritis is the inflammation of a joint due to a wearing away of the protective cartilage that lines our bones. Arthritis usually results in a stiffening of the joint, a tightening of the muscles surrounding the joint, and pain with use of the joint. Although physical therapy cannot change the degeneration that’s happening within the joint, they can increase the joint mobility to reduce pain from the joint and maximize its ability to function. This disease is best managed when your physical therapist works closely with your physician to manage your pain.
The Arthritis Foundation’s website is a wonderful resource for people living with arthritis.