Exercise and Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the joints, where the cartilage that covers the surface of joint has worn down or is in the process of wearing down. Within and around the joints cartilage acts as a shock absorber and assists with the smooth movement of the joint, making OA one of the leading causes of musculoskeletal pain. As the cartilage wears away bones can rub uncomfortably together causing pain and restricted movement. This can often result in extra bone growths occurring around the surface of the bones causing increased pain.

Exercise is the best possible way to conservatively manage osteoarthritis. Current research shows that exercise is just as effective in relieving the symptoms of OA as commonly prescribed pain and anti-inflammatory medications, with the added bonus of having far fewer side effects.

Exercise is able to –

  • Increase joint ROM
  • Decrease joint pain
  • Increase muscular strength
  • Prevent deconditioning and muscle wasting
  • Increase flexibility
  • Improve balance
  • Improve quality of life
  • Improve fitness and well being

Within Pilates sessions we are able to address all the above and help reduce the symptoms of OA and the effect that it has on your daily life. By strengthening and increasing flexibility of the muscles around joints the stress and load the joints need to with stand can be significantly reduced.

All sessions at Motion Health are prescribed by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist or an Physiotherapist whom are well trained in correctly monitoring and progressing exercise programs directed at managing OA.

If you have any questions about the exercise and osteoarthritis feel free to talk to your practitioner or ask reception about the best class for you.

At Motion Health we are also able to accept Medicare rebate eligible exercise physiology sessions with a referral from a GP.