I’m trying to help my husband who has had mild OA for several years - described as wear and tear - he was an active, healthy man until about 6 months ago when he started having back and thigh spasms and dislocated his patella whilst walking normally. The OA is in his hip, knee, ankle and toes of both feet but our GP doesn’t seem to be too worried. He has regular physio but has had to stop his beloved walking because of severe pain - even with pain medication.
His hamstrings and hip flexors tightened on the same leg and he now has quite bad pain in his back, hip and leg. He has repeatedly tried stretching exercises but it always ends badly with even more pain - especially in the hamstrings and hip flexors which are like steel cables.
After an awful episode a few days ago when he couldn’t move and was in dreadful pain, I wondered if mild OA could cause such tight hamstrings and hip flexors and such bad pain?
Any advice or pointers anyone can give me would be most welcome.