Arthrosis & Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis refers to joint wear and tear that goes beyond the normal age-related level. This leads to a loss of cartilage in the joint. In principle all joints can be affected, which leads to a loss of normal joint function and is associated with pain and restricted mobility.
The causes of osteoarthritis are diverse and must be diagnosed. First of all, it is important to filter out which causes are reversible or can be directly influenced therapeutically.
This includes for example:
- Obesity → weight reduction
- Rheumatic diseases → drug therapy
- Axle misalignments → correction of the axle if necessary
- Muscular deficits → targeted strength training
The most common causes of osteoarthritis are overwork in previous lifetimes (job, competitive sport) and a family disposition (genetic). The primary goal for all forms is to maintain pain-free joint function and to delay or stop the progression of osteoarthritis.
Focus of the treatment
- Physiotherapy to maintain mobility
- Strength and endurance training for muscular joint guidance
- Propioceptive training (coordination of the muscles)
- If necessary, drug therapy
- Cartilage regenerative measures (surgical and conservative)