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Roughly 13.6% of Canadians aged 20 years or older have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, which equates to approximately 3.9 million individuals. It is can occur due to the wear and tear of the cartilage that cushions the joints, leading to pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility.

Although OA is mainly associated with aging, it can also affect young people due to injury or genetic predisposition. Understanding the different types of OA conditions is crucial in managing the symptoms and improving the quality of life of those affected.

This article will delve into the various types of OA conditions, their symptoms, causes, and recommended treatments, including physiotherapy, chiropractic, and orthotics.

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Treatment for Osteoarthritis

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After being diagnosed with osteoarthritis, there are various treatment options available, but we highly recommend physiotherapy, chiropractic, and orthotics to manage symptoms and improve overall function.

Physiotherapy for Osteoarthritis

Physiotherapy is a physical therapy option that involves exercises to improve the affected joints' range of motion, stability, and strength. These exercises increase flexibility, improve muscle strength and endurance, and reduce pain and stiffness. Physiotherapy exercises can also help improve posture and prevent further damage to the affected joints. In addition to exercises, physiotherapy may include manual therapy techniques such as massage, mobilization, and manipulation to help alleviate pain and improve joint function.

Chiropractic Care for Osteoarthritis

Chiropractic care is a form of alternative medical care that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders, with an emphasis on manual therapy and spinal adjustment. Manual therapy generally involves hands-on techniques such as massage, stretching, and manipulation to improve joint function, alleviate pain, and reduce inflammation. The spinal adjustment consists of applying controlled force to the spine to restore a normal range of motion and improve overall spinal health. Chiropractic care may also include exercise therapy, lifestyle modifications, and nutritional counseling to support overall health and well-being.

Orthotics for Osteoarthritis

Orthotics are specially designed devices worn to support the affected joints and reduce the risk of further damage. Orthotics can be customized to fit the individual needs of the patient and may include features such as high walls and shock absorption to unload the joints and correct alignment. Orthotics can also absorb shock and reduce the impact of repetitive motions on the affected joints. They can treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, including osteoarthritis. They can be worn as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes physiotherapy, chiropractic care, or both.

If you are experiencing osteoarthritis symptoms, including pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility, seeking treatment from a qualified healthcare professional is essential. Physiotherapy, chiropractic care, and orthotics are all effective treatment options that can help alleviate the symptoms of osteoarthritis and improve joint function. At Myodynamic, our experienced healthcare professionals can provide personalized treatment plans tailored to your needs.

Book a session with us today to start your journey towards better health and improved quality of life.


Hallux Rigidus (1st Toe Osteoarthritis)

Hallux rigidus, also known as first-toe osteoarthritis (OA), is a degenerative joint condition that affects the joint at the base of the big toe. It is the most common arthritic condition occuring in the foot, affecting 2.5% of adults over 50 years. It is characterized by stiffness, pain, swelling, and difficulty moving the toe. Hallux rigidus is often caused by wear and tear of the joint, injury, or genetic predisposition. It can be aggravated by activities such as running or wearing shoes that do not provide proper support.

Ankle Osteoarthritis

Ankle osteoarthritis (OA) is a condition that affects the joint at the ankle, leading to pain, stiffness, swelling, and difficulty walking—the gradual wear and tear of the joint cartilage, injury, or genetic predisposition cause it. Ankle OA can be worsened by certain activities, such as running or walking on uneven surfaces.

Knee Osteoarthritis

Treatment for Osteoarthritis

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a common condition that affects the knee joint, causing pain, stiffness, swelling, and difficulty moving. It is caused by the gradual wear and tear of the joint cartilage, injury, or genetic predisposition. Obesity, repetitive knee motions, and certain sports activities can aggravate knee OA. Learn more about our recommended treatment protocol for knee OA.

Hip Osteoarthritis

Hip OA is a condition that affects women (8%) slightly more than men (6.7%) and can have a significant impact on daily life. Hip OA can cause hip, groin, buttocks, and thigh pain. It can also cause difficulty walking and stiffness in the hip joint. The pain may be more pronounced during physical activity or after sitting for extended periods. Hip OA is typically caused by wear and tear of the joint over time. Injuries, such as a hip fracture or dislocation, can also increase the likelihood of developing the condition.


Shoulder Osteoarthritis

Shoulder osteoarthritis (OA) affects the shoulder joint, leading to pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. It is often caused by the gradual wear and tear of the joint cartilage, injury, or genetic predisposition. Shoulder OA can be worsened by repetitive overhead activities or heavy lifting.


Wrist/Hand Osteoarthritis 

Wrist and hand osteoarthritis (OA) is a condition that impacts the joints in the wrist and hand, causing pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. It occurs due to the gradual wear and tear of the joint cartilage, as well as injury or genetic predisposition. Repetitive motions such as typing or using tools can exacerbate the symptoms of wrist and hand OA.

Back Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Disc Disease)

Back osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative disc disease (DDD), is a condition that affects the spine, leading to pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. It occurs due to the gradual wear and tear of the intervertebral discs, which act as cushions between the vertebrae, as well as injury or genetic predisposition. Repetitive motions or heavy lifting can worsen the symptoms of back OA.




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Dan Steffens Owner & Pedorthist

Dan Steffens

C. Ped. (C)

Location: Barrie MyoDynamic Health Physiotherapy & Orthotics

Owner & Pedorthist

Born and raised in Barrie, Dan is a very proud owner and founder of MyoDynamic. He has had extensive training that specializes in the manufacture and design of custom orthotics, compression stockings, custom knee braces, orthopaedic shoes, and other foot care products. Dan is dedicated to his patients rehabilitation and satisfaction at his clini... See More

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Lauren Simonds  Pedorthist (Currently on Mat Leave)

Lauren Simonds

C. Ped. (C)

Location: Innisfil MyoDynamic Health Physiotherapy & Orthotics

Pedorthist (Currently on Mat Leave)

Lauren received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education from Wilfrid Laurier University. Following graduation she completed the post-graduate diploma program in Pedorthics through the University of Western Ontario.

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 Dr. Brad Dormiedy Chiropractor

Dr. Brad Dormiedy

DC

Location: Barrie MyoDynamic Health Physiotherapy & Orthotics

Chiropractor

Dr. Brad cares deeply about his patient's health and wellbeing, and has been a lifelong chiropractic patient himself. Dr. Brad is very empathetic to the stress and frustration that pain and injury can bring. His goal is to not only help alleviate pain, but to educate patients for an all-encompassing healthy lifestyle.

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Dr. Lucrecia Hardowar Chiropractor

Dr. Lucrecia Hardowar

DC

Location: Barrie MyoDynamic Health Physiotherapy & Orthotics

Chiropractor

Lucrecia believes that each patient deserves to be treated in an individualized way, where you are in partnership to achieve the patients' goals together. She combines education and empowerment strategies, soft tissue therapies including instrument assisted methods, joint manipulations and mobilizations, as well as focused rehab plans for each p... See More

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Dr. Jesse McAleese Chiropractor

Dr. Jesse McAleese

DC

Location: Innisfil MyoDynamic Health Physiotherapy & Orthotics

Chiropractor

Dr. Jesse McAleese is a graduate from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, where he received recognition for his academic standing. Prior to attending CMCC, Dr. McAleese graduated from The University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Science, Honours Specialization in Kinesiology.

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Dr. Carleen Lawther Chiropractor

Dr. Carleen Lawther

DC

Location: Innisfil MyoDynamic Health Physiotherapy & Orthotics

Chiropractor

Dr. Carleen was inspired to become a Chiropractor after she saw the positive impact that the Chiropractors in her family had on their patients lives and well-being. While she was a Personal Trainer for 9 years, she found a passion for improving movement and working with people to live healthy, active and pain free lives. She prides herself on em... See More

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Dr. Adam Murphy Chiropractor

Dr. Adam Murphy

DC

Location: Barrie MyoDynamic Health Physiotherapy & Orthotics

Chiropractor

Dr. Adam Murphy is a graduate from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Prior to his early acceptance into the Doctor of Chiropractic program at CMCC, Dr. Murphy attended Brock University enrolled in the Bachelor of Kinesiology (Honours) program. Following his graduation from CMCC, he returned to Brock University to complete his degree. I... See More

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Aoife Cahill Registered Physiotherapist & Clinical Director

Aoife Cahill

PT

Location: Barrie MyoDynamic Health Physiotherapy & Orthotics

Registered Physiotherapist & Clinical Director

Aoife grew up in Ireland and graduated top of her class in MSc. Physiotherapy at University College Dublin in 2017. Prior to that, she completed a BSc. Health & Performance Science and worked as a Strength & Conditioning Coach. Aoife moved to Canada in 2018 and has gained a variety of experience working with complex orthopedic and neurological i... See More

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 Jon Lawrance Registered Physiotherapist

Jon Lawrance

PT

Location: Barrie MyoDynamic Health Physiotherapy & Orthotics

Registered Physiotherapist

As a Physical Therapist, Jon believes in utilizing hands-on techniques to restore people's movement, minimize pain, and restore peoples independence. He has a sports background having played CIS hockey, and previously held certification in the strength and conditioning field. It is his goal to work with patients to educate them on the nature of ... See More

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Svety Tchilinguirova Registered Physiotherapist

Svety Tchilinguirova

PT

Location: Barrie MyoDynamic Health Physiotherapy & Orthotics

Registered Physiotherapist

Svety holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (the study of how humans move) from the University of Guelph, as well as a Masters of Physiotherapy from the University of Alberta, which she graduated with in 2014. Her philosophy as a clinician encompasses a holistic approach rather than treating the focal injury. Svety values educating her... See More

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Ruben Dos Santos Registered Physiotherapist

Ruben Dos Santos

PT

Location: Barrie MyoDynamic Health Physiotherapy & Orthotics

Registered Physiotherapist

Ruben holds a Doctor of Physiotherapy, as well as, a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science degree. Ruben has been involved with physiotherapy practices, strength and conditioning programs, and personal training classes for the past 7 years. He has interests in manual therapy, biomechanics, neurological rehabilitation, and using an evidence-b... See More

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Il Kyun (Sam) Lee Registered Physiotherapist

Il Kyun (Sam) Lee

BSc. Kine (Hon), MSc. PT

Location: Innisfil MyoDynamic Health Physiotherapy & Orthotics

Registered Physiotherapist

Sam graduated from Queen’s University with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy and from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Honours). At Dalhousie, his research investigated ‘The impact of music tempo on psycho-physiological responses during exercise & recovery’, and was published in a peer-reviewed scie... See More

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Miranda Guo Registered Physiotherapist + Pelvic Floor Specialist

Miranda Guo

PT

Location: Barrie MyoDynamic Health Physiotherapy & Orthotics

Registered Physiotherapist + Pelvic Floor Specialist

Miranda is a registered physiotherapist. She graduated from the University of Toronto with her Master's of Science in Physiotherapy. Her objective is to help motivate and empower individuals to be an active participant in their journey to health. Miranda follows a holistic approach to treatment, where shefocuses on the whole person rather than t... See More

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