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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What is osteoarthritis?

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    Dr David Salisbury is an osteopath situated in Lilydale, in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. He completed his osteopathic studies at RMIT University, and now … View Profile

    Osteoarthritis is a condition that involves the cartilage in certain joints of your body ‘wearing down’. Cartilage cover the bone to act as a protective coating. When the cartilage wears down, it can cause inflammation, pain and stiffness in the joints.

    The most commonly affected areas of the body are the hips, knees, feet, hands and back (spine).
    It can be caused by an injury, overuse or it can just occur as part of the ageing process.

    Osteoarthritis can't be cured, but often it can be managed effectively. Treatment includes weight loss, exercise and manual therapy (osteopathy, physiotherapy, etc). If the condition progresses, pain medication may be required, or in the worst case scenario, joint replacement. Supplements such as glucosamine may also help.

    Osteopaths can help by improving the body's mechanics and reducing tension and pressure in the joints.

    Kind regards,
    Dr David Salisbury - Osteopath -

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    Dr Jillian Tomlinson

    Hand Surgeon, Plastic Surgeon (Reconstructive & Cosmetic)

    Dr Jill Tomlinson is a fully qualified plastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon. After graduating dux in her year at University High School, Jill completed medical … View Profile

    Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition where the smooth articular cartilage that covers the ends of the bones is gradually destroyed. The end result is that bare bone ends rub against each other, which causes pain and stiffness.

    For more information on osteoarthritis of the hand and wrist please visit Melbourne Hand Surgery.

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