Arthritis - melbourne

Arthritis - Is it really "wear & tear"?

When somebody refers to the term “arthritis”, it’s likely they’re talking about Osteoarthritis (OA). It most commonly effects the load bearing joints of the lower body such as the hips, knees and ankles.

This variation of arthritis (as opposed to inflammatory variations such as Rheumatoid Arthritis) is commonly miscommunicated as some form of degenerative “wear & tear” associated with age and over-activity causing joint pain and stiffness in our older years.

Fun fact: There is more arthritis today than there has EVER been throughout history. Yet we’re more inactive than ever.

So this begs the question: Should we really be calling it wear and tear…?

Some common symptoms of arthritis-related pain:

● Localised pain
● Joint stiffness (morning ~30mins)
● Tender & swollen
● Clicking, popping or catching
● Can feel better with movement
● Avoidance of activity & exercise
● Most common in hip & knee
● Decreased muscle mass & strength

In our experience, the three biggest myths about arthritis are:

1. “Rest is best” – Gradual exposure to exercise is the first line treatment.
2. “Scans tell us” – A scan doesn’t give you any information about pain or function.
3. “Surgery required” – Surgery is a last resort only when conservative treatment fails.

At Six Core Outcomes, as qualified Osteopaths and Biomedical Scientists we believe the most important thing is to determine the “root cause” of your symptoms and work together to prevent them from coming back.

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how do we work with arthritis at six core outcomes?

A typical appointment at Six Core Outcomes for arthritis sufferers will involve ruling out any serious conditions before performing a comprehensive functional movement screen. By looking at how you move and using our state-of-the-art AxIT Strength System we can create a baseline for treatment and rehabilitation. 

Using our function-based approach rather than a pain-based treatment model it allows us to establish a working theory on the underlying root-cause of the pain symptoms. 

The best evidence currently tells us that the three best interventions for arthritis-related pain include; education & understanding, graded exercise programs and self-management strategies.

Some of our most-used knee treatment techniques include:

● AxIT System strength assessment
● Discuss daily activities & potential modifications
● Find safe entry point into exercise program
● Educate on “flare ups”
● Give some self-management options
● Build confidence & resilience

Depending on your specific presentation your appointment may include:

● AxIT System strength testing
● Functional movement screening
● Neurological & orthopaedic tests
● Dry needling / functional cupping
● Electrotherapy (TENS / e-stim)
● Joint mobilisations
● General soft tissue work
● Stretches & strength exercises
● Ergonomic recommendations
● Activity modifications
● Lifestyle adjustments

At Six Core Outcomes we live at the intersection of manual therapy and movement science. We assess tissues and joints and if needed will use restorative input (dry needling, cupping, mobilisations etc) to decrease pain, release tight muscles and remove barriers to movement.

So whilst your appointment may include manual therapy or restorative input, we appreciate the short-term nature of the benefits and will aim to progress you to a movement-based intervention as soon as your body allows.

Remove the guesswork from your pain

Stop missing out on doing what you love. Life’s too short. Book an appointment today.