Osteoarthritis is a very common joint illness that causes cartilage erosion. Osteoarthritis generally produces pain when moving or bearing weight. It is of a mechanical nature, and often affects lower limbs (knee, hip).
Arthritis includes various affections of diverse origins, such as infection (septic arthritis), immune system (rheumatoid arthritis) or metabolism (gout). Arthritis causes major joint inflammation and pain that persists at rest and during night time.
Small joints, such as fingers and feet joints, are more frequently affected by arthritis.
Whether you suffer from osteoarthritis or arthritis, your physiotherapist will be able to help you by teaching you proper exercises, by using specific manipulative techniques and by relieving pain with electrotherapy.
Don’t hesitate to have a physiotherapist evaluate your condition.