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What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a condition that can affect any joint of the body and is characterized by pain, stiffness and loss of mobility. It can be caused by inflammation as well as changes to the joint surface – although recent research has shown the amount of joint change doesn’t always equal the level of pain someone is in.

A variety of modifiable factors can contribute to OA such as being overweight and not being strong through your legs.

What can be done for it?

osteoarthritis - What is Osteoarthritis?

When people think of treatments for OA – people think of options such as cortisone or joint replacement surgery. While these can be helpful current guidelines recommend first trying lower risk, less invasive options such as:

  • Exercise to improve pain, body weight, flexibility and strength
  • Diet changes to reduce body weight and inflammation while improving joint health

Even if you end up having surgery these steps can give you better outcomes after surgery.

Who can I see for it?

The physiotherapist and kinesiologist will collaborate with you on an exercise program to improve your pain, range of motion, strength, fitness and body weight.

Working with a dietitian or naturopath can help with dietary changes to reduce body weight and inflammation.

If you have further questions or would like to find out more you can call us at 519-208-2273 or book a free first appointment online with one of the above staff to find out.

Eric Bowman, BSc, MPT, PT

Eric Bowman, BSc, MPT, PT

Physiotherapist Eric Bowman graduated with a B.Sc. in Honours Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo in 2013 where he studied under world famous back researcher Stuart McGill. After completing his B.Sc. he researched exercise and osteoporosis under Lora Giangregorio at the UW Bone Health lab before completing his Masters of Physical Therapy at Western University in 2015 and becoming Canadian Powerlifting Union Coaching Workshop Certified in 2018. Eric’s areas of interest are rehabilitation for sports injuries, the elderly, and people with chronic pain. Outside of his clinical work Eric also contributes to course development and guest lecturing in the Kinesiology program at the University of Waterloo and has contributed to course development and review in the Western University Physiotherapy program. Eric has also competed in powerlifting.

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