The primary goal in the treatment of osteoarthritis (joint wear) is to improve the quality of life the reduction of pain, the improvement or at least the preservation of joint function and the attempt to delay the progression of the wear. The fundamental problem is the fact that the affected joint structures, especially the articular cartilage, can not rebuild.
In the context of conservative treatment, the focus is on advising the affected patients on cause, course and everyday behavior. The relief of the joints by weight reduction and avoidance of mishandling and overloading sometimes already leads to a noticeable reduction in pain. In addition, orthopedic aids such as e.g. buffering changes to the ready-made shoe, insole care, cane, supporting bandage and similar be applied sensibly.
We recommend generally dynamic movements without heavy stress on the affected joints. Examples include cycling in the small gear, swimming and walking called. This strengthens the musculature and improves mobility, which alone often leads to noticeable relief. In addition, physical treatments can be helpful.