What is Arthritis?
Arthritis literally means joint inflammation and is characterised by joint pain and stiffness. It often presents with knee pain, hip pain, wrist, finger and hand pain. There are many types of arthritis, the two most common types and the ones you may be most familiar with are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Osteoarthritis can affect anyone but there are certain factors such as obesity, previous injury and poor biomechanics which can increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis (1). Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease which causes inflammation of multiple joints (2).
What will my physiotherapist do?
Your HCPC registered, chartered Health in Motion physiotherapist will take a full history of your condition, when you will be able to raise any concerns or ask any questions that you might have. Your physiotherapist will then assess your joints for movement and strength and look for any factors which may be contributing to your pain. Upon completion of the assessment your physiotherapist will discuss with you potential treatment options and the best course of action to manage your condition.
Physiotherapy can help with the management of the symptoms of arthritis, utilising a number of evidence-based methods. Correct prescription of exercise at a level graded to the individual can help maintain joint range of motion, decrease pain and increase function (3). Arthritis pain can also be managed with advice on what to avoid and strategies to keep you as active as possible. You may receive advice on cooling packs or help with using walking aids to improve your mobility. Your physiotherapist will be able to help you continue doing the exercise or hobbies you enjoy and suggest alternative forms of exercise to keep you fit and healthy which may be less painful for your joints.
What do I need to do?
Book an appointment by calling 0114 208 6267 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You don't need to bring any special clothes or equipment just be sure to bring clothes which will allow your physiotherapist to view the painful joint e.g. shorts if you have knee pain.
1). Blagojevic M. et al. Risk factors for onset of osteoarthritis of the knee in older adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 2010;18(1): 24-33.
2). Aletaha D. et al. 2010 Rheumatoid arthritis classification criteria: An American College of Rheumatology/European League Against Rheumatism collaborative initiative. Arthritis & Rheumatism, 2010; 62(9): 2569-2581.
3). Bennel KM. Hinman RS. A review of the clinical evidence for exercise in osteoarthritis of the hip and knee. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 2011; 14: 4-9.