What is Joint Pain?
Joint pain is a generic term for any pain arising from a structure associated with a joint within the body. Common types of joint pain include arthroses (osteo arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.), damage to the soft tissues of the joint such as the joint capsule, or labrum, and many other injuries which could fall under the umbrella of joint pain. It is also common to experience pain which feels to be coming from within a joint when in fact this is referred pain from a different structure such as the spine or a tight muscle. Because there are many different conditions which can cause joint pain treatments can vary greatly.
What will my physiotherapist do?
Your HCPC registered, chartered Health in Motion Physiotherapist will assess your problem, considering every factor which may be contributing to your pain. You will be asked a series of questions to determine why you may be experiencing joint pain and what structures may be at fault. You will have the chance to ask any questions regarding your condition throughout the process; your physiotherapist will work with you to establish the best course of action for your specific situation. Your physiotherapist will examine your joint and any potential areas which may be contributing to your pain, they will then discuss with you the proposed treatment options.
Due to the varied nature of the broad heading of joint pain it is not possible to outline a common course of treatment. Depending on your particular condition treatments might include ultrasound therapy, joint mobilisation, strengthening exercises, proprioception exercises, mobility exercises, stretches, cryotherapy, soft tissue massage and exercise and training re-assesment.
What do I need to do?
Book an appointment by calling 0114 208 6267 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Depending on which joint is of concern you will need to wear clothes which are appropriate. Your physiotherapist will want to assess your joint, so if your knee is bothering you be sure to bring shorts to your appointment so that your joint can be assessed thoroughly.