Guide to osteoarthritis


Find in this guide all the information on the disease and the treatment of the degenerative osteoarthritis.
And also discover our water cure "degenerative osteoarthritis".


Osteoarthritis is recognised as a disease. It is the must common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the ageing and premature wear of cartilage.

This ageing is most prominent in the knees, hips and fingers, but arthritis can also affect other joints like the shoulders, elbows and ankles.

Osteoarthritis is a chronic disease which develops slowly. The first symptoms usually appear from the age of 40-50, but it is worth remembering that osteoarthritis can occur at any age..

The first signs of osteoarthritis are not necessarily painful. However, bear in mind that the disease can be detected by x-ray.

While there is ongoing research into the disease, we are not currently able to determine the causes of osteoarthritis and the cartilage wear.

Osteoarthritis treatment and programme

Although the causes of osteoarthritis are unknown, the pain caused by the disease can be reduced through a specific thermal treatment programme for osteoarthritis (the main application of thermal treatments). The osteoarthritis programme has proven that treatments can soothe the pain caused by osteoarthritis.

Thermal expertise, combined with the properties of the Thermes de Bagnoles de l'Orne water, combats pain and alleviates trauma.

It is recommended that you consult a doctor before embarking on thermal treatment to relieve the pain associated with osteoarthritis. This treatment programme may be inappropriate in some cases.

Medical treatment for osteoarthritis must be prescribed by a doctor.

The medical thermal treatment programme for soothing the pain associated with osteoarthritis, runs over 21 days, with 18 days of treatments. Depending on the treatment prescribed, the stay can be made up of 4 daily half-day treatments allowing spa-goers to rest, or 6 daily treatments if a combined course of treatment is required.

The 8 thermal doctors at the Thermes de Bagnoles de l'Orne centre follow the spa-goers' medical progress throughout their stay.

Treatments at the Thermes de Bagnoles

  • Warm baths
  • Application of thermal mud
  • Pool rehabilitation
  • Physiotherapy

Use of poultices, etc.