Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic pain of joints, often occurring in people older than 65. When osteoarthritis occurs, there is a breakdown in the cartilage covering the ends of bones where they meet to form a joint and allow movement. As cartilage wears away, bones can become exposed and rub against each other, which affects shape and makeup of joint so it no longer functions smoothly. Studies have shown that patients who receive manual therapy, applied to the knee as well as the lumbar spine, hip, and ankle, along with a knee home exercise program, perform better than those without. If you are suffering from osteoarthritis, physical therapy may decrease the disability associated with osteoarthritis pain. Treatments and exercises may also delay or prevent the need for more invasive treatments, like injections or surgery. For more information, contact Franklin Pain and Wellness Center.