Arthritic & Joint Pain
There are more than 170 types of arthritis. Strictly speaking, the term “Arthritis” means inflammation of the joint, but is commonly used to refer to joint pain generally. There are two basic types of arthritis: that relating to wear and tear of the cartilage (osteoarthritis), and that involved with inflammation of the joint, resulting from an over-active immune system (such as rheumatoid arthritis). Approximately 350 million people worldwide suffer from Arthritis, and, surprisingly, over half of these sufferers are under 65 years of age.
Sources of the problem
Part of the problem in dealing with Arthritis is that it is extremely difficult to pinpoint the original cause of the disease. Often the first symptom of Arthritis is stiffness in the joints first thing in the morning or after sitting for a long time. Often, the joints causing pain can be warmer than other joints. However, early and accurate diagnosis is essential in preventing permanent damage and disability. How it can be treated, and what to expect at the physiotherapy clinic Living with arthritis can be a pain, quite literally. But apart from the medical treatment, there is much that can be done to make living with arthritis easier. The physiotherapist will be able to advise you on how to adapt your daily life to ease the symptoms. This will include:
- How to use stronger joints to carry things, and what assistive devices are available for painful tasks.
- A range of motion exercises and strengthening exercises that are good for Arthritis.
- Diet advice on issues such as calcium and Vitamin C.
Since it is difficult to pinpoint the causes of Arthritis, and also difficult to assess those with a higher than average risk of developing the disease, it can be difficult to prevent. Clearly, issues such as excessive and repetitive heavy lifting, or gym work, can exacerbate joint wear and tear, as can poor posture or excessive weight. Your physiotherapist will devise an individual programme for you, designed to tackle your weak areas, and restore normal movement and reduce pain as much as possible.