Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis in the UK.
It used to be considered ‘wear and tear’ of the bone/cartilage of synovial joints but is now recognised as a metabolically active process involving the whole joint: cartilage, bone, capsule, muscle and lining of the joint).
There are factors that increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis;
Symptoms and Signs
Most common investigation for OA is X-ray.
Other investigations may include bloods tests including inflammatory markers to exclude inflammatory arthritis (such as rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis).
What complementary and alternative therapies shall I try?
Osteopathy. A manual therapy such as osteopathy has been shown to alleviate the severity of pain, decrease symptoms such as crunching and grinding of the knee and increase mobility compared to a sham treatment (Pollard et al 2008). It has also been proven that manual therapy improves balance and functional strength more than just exercise alone (Ko et al 2009). The combined approach (strength training, exercise and manual therapy). Exercise plus manual therapy improves pain and function more than just exercise alone (Mariette et al 2011). Osteopaths will be able to advise best exercises for your condition. Research shows strength training and exercise significantly improve pain and physical function in knee osteoarthritis (Mariette et al 2011).
Acupuncture has been shown to improve function and pain relief in osteoarthritis when used alongside exercise (Manheimer et al 2006).
Nutritional therapy. There is high quality evidence to say that exercise and weight reduction reduces pain and improved physical function in osteoarthritic knees (Jamtvedt 2008).
Homeopathy. There is some evidence showing that homeopathic remedies may be useful in management of osteoarthritis (Long and Ernst, 2001)
Integrated medicine. The doctors combine conventional treatments with a combination of herbal and homeopathic remedies, nutritional supplements, diet and psychological techniques depending on the individual circumstances.
Reiki and reflexology aim to stimulate and restore the natural balance of the body and place it in a position to restore or boost it’s own natural healing system.
Hypnotherapy can reduce stress by calming the body down and places the body and mind into a state of deep relaxation and stimulate repair mechanisms.
What practitioners can I see about this condition?
Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor Dr Ruolin Sun
Medical homeopath Dr Tim Foster
Nutritionist Ruth Taylor
Reflexologist Jane Pearce
Hypnotherapist Dr Ruth Dyson
After you initial consultation, we recommend that you have regular check-ups to monitor your symptoms and response to interventions. The practitioner will advise on appropriate follow up arrangements for your individual situation.
Depending on your needs, your care may be shared with other practitioners at the natural practice or elsewhere. Whenever you permit us, we will write to your GP to ensure they are aware of our recommendations and follow up arrangements.