OA is the most common joint disorder worldwide; it affects 1 in 10 Canadians. OA affects men and women equally. It can occur at any age (average age of diagnosis is 65) 7 years = typical time from symptom onset to diagnosis OA is a degenerative disease, characterized by joint pain, tenderness, local inflammation, muscles weakness, movement limitation or compensatory functional movements X-ray changes unrelated to symptoms In a healthy joint, there is a balance between the reg
In the past, radiographic imaging has been the primary diagnostic criteria for OA. Progressive health practitioners are moving in a new direction and taking a more holistic approach… there is now more emphasis on the individual’s functional status, symptoms, and physical examination findings. Therapeutic exercise plays an important role! !