Arthritis is a joint disorder causing inflammation in one or more joints. It is common in adults 65 and older, but it can affect people of all ages. Arthritis is used to describe a range of different diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues that surround joints, and other connective tissue. The most common form of the condition is osteoarthritis which occurs when the cartilage lining the bones in the joint breaks down due to wear and tear.
Where the Arthritis is quite advanced and the cartilage has degenerated a lot the bone under the join might experience some erosion. Usually the area that is affected with arthritis will be inflamed, swollen, painful and the joint will be stiff.
Physiotherapy is key to the treatment and management of arthritis.Physiotherapy for arthritis focuses on the reduction of pain and stiffness as well as increasing the level of movement and range of motion for the individual. Our Chartered Physios work with the patient through exercise programmes and other techniques to build their strength and maximize their function so that they can remain independent. Our Physiotherapists also aim to reduce the inflammation in affected areas as well as focusing on strategies to control pain and stiffness.
Heat treatments These treatments produce heat within your body tissues. The application can be directed towards superficial or deeper parts of the body. The most common types of treatment used are infra-red radiation (heat lamps) and hot packs for superficial treatments.
Electrotherapy These treatments produce electrical stimulation of your body tissues. They may be extremely useful in the treatment of both acute and chronic arthritis, where pain, swelling and muscle spasms are present.
Exercise: A balanced programme of rest and exercise, and careful attention to joint posture is an important part of pain management, joint protection and maintenance of your joint function, especially important post-surgery. Specific prescription exercise and movement programmes can be developed.