Degenerative Joint Disease Treatment
Physiotherapy treatment of degenerative joint disease (DJD) really depends on the stage and severity of the condition. It is important to note that although the MRI scans may show significant change it does not mean that symptoms cannot be improved.
Usually a trial course of 3-4 sessions of manual therapy can determine if the condition is likely to respond, the rate of progress to be expected, the degree of potential and the prognosis. Obviously is not possible to fully reverse degenerative change but it is possible to improve the quality of movement and pain level.
This is achieved with specific joint mobilisation, improvement postural alignment (if a contributory factor), identification and address flexibility deficits around the hips and spine contributing to increased pressure as well and it is ensuring that the muscle control is optimal to distribute pressure from the sensitised joints.