Arthritis. What are the signs- George Morris Physiotherapy Wigan explains

Arthritis is a debilitating condition  which causes joints to become painful, swollen and stiff. 

With osteoarthritis, once the cartilage lining starts to roughen and thins out, the tendons and ligaments have to work harder.

This can cause swelling and the formation of bony spurs called osteophytes.”

When it comes to hip osteoarthritis, one of the telling signs is if you experience difficulty to bend to put your socks on

As for osteoarthritis in the knees, you might find it hard to bend the knee fully.

You may notice signs such as swelling or enlargement around the joints,” 

This is known as hypertrophy, or joint thickening. There may also be pain around the joints

It is recommended that you get  mobile as joints love to be moved.

Staying mobile and flexible will help maintain joint range of motion and reduce stiffness and inflammation.

Staying strong is also useful, so weight bearing resistance exercises can be particularly helpful to maintain bone and muscle strength.

Nutrition is also another important factor for osteoarthritis and it is beneficial  to eat a “low-inflammation diet”.

This involves staying away from processed and sugary foods.

Recent studies found that a Mediterranean is  helpful in reducing the symptoms of osteoarthritis. Other studies support the intake of olives, green leafy vegetables, peppers and carrots.

Physiotherapy and acupuncture can also give relief & often helps settle symptoms