Our Physiotherapists are trained in the assessment and treatment of arthritis.In the majority of cases you will get pain relief in each consultation and be taught how to manage your arthritis and understand how to minimise your symptoms.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis as it is the wear and tear of aging. As you get older you get wrinkles on your face and you also get "wrinkles" of OA on your bones.
You can have osteoarthritis on an X-ray and feel no pain, as it is actually a "normal" part of ageing. It only becomes painful if it becomes inflamed.
When Osteoarthritis is recognized early the pain can be completely relieved with good Physiotherapy and a controlled exercise program.
When it is more severe Physiotherapy treatment will relieve the pain however, if there is wear of the cartilage or cushioning surfaces of the bone you may require a joint replacement.
Painful OA can be avoided by moving your joints through their full range of motion regularly such as with yoga or any stretching exercise program.
Good assessment, treatment and guidance from your Physiotherapist can relieve your pain dramatically and get you "back in the drivers seat" with your arthritis.
Medical Arthritis is the second type of arthritis. Here are some common Medical Arthritis types.
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Ross River Virus
There are over 100 types of medical arthritis so this list is only the most common forms. This form of arthritis is usually more painful and take longer to settle. The pain is often worse with physical or emotional stress. Medical arthritis often requires both medical as well as Physiotherapy treatment, however if you manage your medical arthritis well and handle your stress you can have a remission for long periods of time. When Medical Arthritis is severe you may require hospitalization with Physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and other medical intervention.
MOST ARTHRITIS IS A WESTERN LIFESTYLE DISEASE
If you want to know about how to improve your lifestyle so that your body has the building blocks for repairing your cartilage and improving your neural responses take a look at Wendy Schulze's site on Western disease and how to remain youthful as you age.