Osteopathy and Exercise Therapy in the Management of Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis

The National Council for Osteopathic Research have published a summary of key Osteopathically relevant literature on the subject of Exercise therapy in the management of hip and knee Osteoarthritis (OA). OA is a very common condition affecting over 8.5 million people in the UK. In OA the cartilage in the joints starts to wear away and the muscles around the joint tighten resulting in pain often aggravated by activity.

Research shows that mobilisation of the joint and appropriate exercise or physical activity is beneficial in
all patient groups, irrespective of the severity of the condition and pain levels experienced. There is strong
evidence that exercise reduces OA pain and improves physical function.

What is more, benefits of keeping the joints moving and exercise persist for months even after activity has
ceased. There is also evidence that suggests exercise to help strengthen muscles around joints affected
by OA also helps reduce pain.

Osteopaths at The Bower Mount Clinic can not only advise you on what exercises might be helpful for your
pain but also help mobilise affected joints and set you on the path to greater pain free activities.