Just like wrinkles on our skin and grey hair that develops on head, our bones and joints undergo a natural aging process. This can potentially lead to osteoarthritis. Breaking it down into simple terms: 'osteo' refers to 'bone', 'arth' refers to 'joint', and 'itis' meaning 'inflammation'. What this means is that the joint is irritated for a variety of reasons, but often it is due to loss of cartilage on the bony surfaces of the joint as they slide and glide on each other as we move.
Although one cannot regain additional cartilage or space between joints, we can mitigate the effects of these changes with the appropriate physical therapy targeting joint mobility, muscle strength, and improved movement patterns. It's never too late to start moving and feeling better - no matter what age you are! That being said, reach out to me if you're in need of some guidance and I can help guide you in the right direction.