What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease, sometimes called “wear and tear” arthritis that affects more than 32 million Americans. OA is the most common form of arthritis and flares up most often in the knees, hips, and hands. Symptoms include stiffness, pain or aching, swelling, and a decrease of range of motion.

It is the breaking down of the joint cartilage between the bones that causes osteoarthritis. Several factors can put you more at risk for OA, including:

  • The older you are, the more at risk you become of developing OA
  • There are some Asian groups who have a lower risk for OA
  • Joint Injury. Having a joint injury or overuse of a joint, like bending your knees and repeated stress on a joint, can cause damage to the joint and raise the risk of OA with that joint.
  • If you have members of your family with OA, you are more at risk to develop it yourself. Individuals who have OA in their hands are more likely to get OA in their knees.
  • Females are more at risk to develop OA than males, particularly after the age of 50.
  • Extra weight adds more stress to the joints, especially weight-bearing joints such at as the knees and hips. This stress grows the risk of OA developing in that joint. There may also be a metabolic effect with obesity that boosts the risk of OA.

How ALLCARE Physical Therapy in Brooklyn Can Help Cure Osteoarthritis

At All Care PT, we understand that the pain and inflammation in your knee is not always from arthritis. Even if your doctor said it was inflamed and you have arthritis in your knee, over 92% of individuals do not truly have arthritis causing their pain, even if it shows up on the MRI or X-ray.

In our experience, we’ve learned that the pain is actually caused by the nerve. The nerve that is driving the muscle, that makes the muscle connect with the bone so it can move properly is the real cause of the problem. Once this problem with the nerve is solved, the pain can go away immediately.

We will work with you to learn your individual needs and come up with a treatment plan that is best for you. Treatment plans for OA may include:

We aim to help you become pain-free from OA without needing surgery or injections and to help you get back to your regular activities.

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Allcare Physical Therapy
1213 Avenue P, Brooklyn, NY

Monday 8:30 AM–7:00 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM–7:00 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM–7:00 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM–7:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM–12:00 PM
Saturday* Closed
Sunday 8:30 AM–1:30 PM