ARTHRITIS

ARTHRITIS

ARTHRITIS
Arthritis is the swelling and tenderness of one or more joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Physio Hub are here to support, help and treat your arthritis.

ABOUT OSTEOARTHRITIS

Osteoarthritis causes cartilage — the hard, slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones where they form a joint — to break down.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease in which the immune system attacks the joints, beginning with the lining of joints.
You may have heard phrases such as “wear and tear” or “bone on bone” before when referring to arthritis. These phrases are misnomers however and are far from the truth! People who regularly exercise are more likely to have less painful joints, in fact, it was found that over 40% of people with knee osteoarthritis as seen on a xray have NO pain and NO disability. This pattern tracks with other forms of arthritis also following emerging evidence that supports conservative exercise management of arthritis over surgery including joint replacements.

TREATING ARTHRITIS

Our specialist physiotherapists are trained in diagnosing and treating joint and muscle problems, and your GP may refer you to a physiotherapist rather than to a rheumatologist or orthopaedic surgeon.
Our physiotherapist will start by asking you questions and examining the joint(s) you’re finding painful. This assessment will let them tailor the treatment to your needs. Treatment may include:
- a programme of specific exercises
- general advice on increasing your activity level and function
- pain-relief treatments such as heat or ice packs, TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) machines, massage, dry needling or taping.
- providing walking aids or splints to help you stay mobile and independent.


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