Treatment for Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis in brief

Osteoarthritis or OA is the most prevalent form of arthritis.Stiffness, joint pain, and swelling are the earliest symptoms of osteoarthritis. In contrast to inflammatory arthritis, the pain of osteoarthritis is often exacerbated by activity or weight bearing and relieved by rest.

Assessment and Examination

At the time of your video consultation your physiotherapist shall understand your pain history, lifestyle and ask related questions. Close attention to history is critical in planning a treatment program. You may be asked to perform certain movements on video and report the outcomes. After the assessment and examination, the doctor shall prepare a treatment program for you.

In case your condition is severe, we would advise you to visit a physiotherapist or a physician/ orthopedic in person.

Treatment Program

The treatment program for you shall be personalised based on your history, symptoms and examination. The goals of the treatment are adequate pain relief and preservation of function. Treatments have not been shown to reverse this disease, although some treatments can halt its progression.

The treatment program would usually involve rest, hot packs and prescriptive exercises to deliver the desired goals.  Relaxation programs, moderate exercise, good nutrition, and education can all help relieve suffering in arthritis patients. Devices such as canes, supports, and braces can take some stress off the affected joint.

You shall receive an online exercise prescription which shall be followed by an online video demonstration by your doctor. Some of your exercise sessions shall be supervised by your doctor to ensure that you have understood the exercises well and are doing them with correct form.

Follow up

Your doctor will continue the follow up with you through emails and video calls to assist you in achieving the goals of the treatment program. You would have regular assessment of your progress and the treatment program shall be revised as required. The end goal of the treatment program is to educate and empower the patient to enable him/her for self management of osteoarthritis.