A home exercise program is a set of exercises recommended by a physical therapist or doctor to be performed by a patient in their home. The physical therapist will go over each exercise in detail with the patient to ensure the exercise is done correctly. Instructions will also be provided on how to progressively increase the intensity of the home exercise program to improve strength and function.
Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease, is the most common form of arthritis. It occurs most often in the elderly. This disease affects the tissue covering the ends of bones in a joint called cartilage. In osteoarthritis, the cartilage becomes damaged and worn out, causing pain, swelling, stiffness, and restricted movement in the affected joint. Although osteoarthritis may affect various joints including the hips, knees, hands, and spine, the hip joint is most commonly affected.
Osteoarthritis is also called degenerative joint disease and is the most common type of arthritis, occurring most often in the elderly. This disease affects the cartilage, the tissue that cushions and protects the ends of bones in a joint. With osteoarthritis, the cartilage starts to wear away over time. In extreme cases, the cartilage can completely wear away, leaving nothing to protect the bones in a joint, causing bone-on-bone contact. Osteoarthritis of the knee results in pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited range of motion of the joint (the ability to freely move and bend a joint).
Exercising may perhaps be the last thing on your mind to do when your knees are stiff and painful. Nevertheless, exercise is a significant part of treatment of meniscal tears to help ease pain and keep you active. Knee strengthening exercises play a crucial role to restore normal knee function and improve flexibility and strength by specifically targeting joints and muscles of the knee for better management of meniscal tears pain.
The shoulder is considered one of the most mobile joints in the body, but a fall, accident, trauma or disease can cause pain, weakness, numbness, instability and sometimes disability. The first line of treatment for shoulder problems include rest, immobilization, ice application, NSAIDs and steroid injections. When these conservative treatments do not relieve symptoms and in cases of severe injuries, your doctor will suggest surgical treatment.