Arthritis means joint inflammation or joint damage. Arthritis can affect any age, but is commonly seen in adults over 50 years old.
There are many different forms of arthritis, most commonly seen are: osteoarthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease), rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis. septic arthritis, and related autoimmune diseases.
What are the common symptoms of Arthritis ?
- Joint Pain and swelling
- Morning Stiffness
- Muscles aches and stiffness
- Crepitus or ‘bone rubbing’ sound
- Worse after inactivity or keeping joints in a fixed position
- Limited movement
- Decreased functional level with activities such as walking, climb stairs
What causes Arthritis?
The exact causes of most types of arthritis are unknown. Here are some factors that may increase your risk of arthritis:
- Obesity or Overweight
- Joint injury or Overuse caused by physical force or sports
- Joint Alignment, prolonged poor posture
- Muscle Weakness
What is the Treatment for Arthritis?
There is no cure for either arthritis. Treatment options vary depending on the type of arthritis and include physiotherapy, lifestyle changes (including exercise and weight control management), orthopedic bracing, medications. Joint replacement surgery may be required in worsened arthritis. Medications can help reduce inflammation in the joint which decreases pain. By decreasing inflammation, the joint damage maybe slowed. Most doctors refer their patients to physiotherapists to manage arthritis.
How can Physiotherapy Treat Arthritis Pain?
At Physioclinic, the Physiotherapist will design a complex personalised arthritis program helping to reduce pain and inflammation of the affected joints (using modalities and manual techniques), improve movement and posture, increase flexibility and mobility, and strength around the specific joints. This approach can be very effective in helping people dealing with their disabling symptoms and improving their quality of life.
Physiotherapist will also educate you on the benefits of exercise and advice on how to further prevent joint damage. It is very important to balance rest and activity and tailor your exercise program accordingly, to avoid excessive stress on your joints.
Call our Physiotherapist at 9639 0509 or Email us to find out how to treat your arthritis.