Osteoporosis and Arthritis

Osteoporosis is a condition affecting bone density, or the strength of your bones. Osteoporotic bones break or fracture more easily than normal bones.

Arthritis is the inflammation of the joints. Most people with arthritis will experience pain and difficulty moving around. There are over 200 kinds of rheumatic diseases. Arthritis is not just a disease of older people – it can affect people of all ages, including children. It is not clear what causes arthritis and there is no cure at present. There is, however, much that can be done to manage the condition and lead a full and active life.

Physiotherapists utilise a range of differing strategies to help people suffering from pain arising from arthritis or weak bones. Some common strategies include cold or heat treatments, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and coping techniques for chronic pain management.

Physiotherapists can help someone with osteoporosis or arthritis understand their condition and how to effectively manage it at home. The person will be able to discuss treatment options and how to best prevent continuing deterioration of their condition. There is a wide range of exercise types that can be beneficial, a physiotherapist can design an individual exercise program, and assist in prescribing walking sticks, frames or wheelchairs, or other supportive devices for unstable or painful joints.