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  • E-Young Khoo

Arthritis: Join your Physio in a journey to recovery.

Arthritis is a common condition that affects millions of people and is characterised by inflammation and pain in the joints. There are several different types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout, each with its own causes and symptoms.



Symptoms of arthritis may include:

  • Pain, swelling, and stiffness in the affected joints

  • Decreased range of motion and difficulty moving the affected joints

  • Weakness or fatigue in the affected joints

  • A cracking or popping sound when moving the affected joints

Arthritis can be a chronic condition, meaning it can persist for many years and may require ongoing treatment to manage symptoms. While there is no cure for arthritis, there are a variety of treatments available to help manage symptoms and improve overall function.

Physiotherapy is an important component of the treatment for arthritis and can help to:

  • Reduce pain and swelling through the use of heat and cold therapy

  • Improve range of motion through gentle stretching and exercises

  • Strengthen the muscles surrounding the affected joints to improve stability and reduce the risk of further injury

  • Improve overall function and reduce the risk of disability

Our physiotherapists will work with the patient to develop an individualised treatment plan that takes into account the specific type of arthritis, the severity of the symptoms, and the patient's goals for recovery.

The initial stages of physiotherapy for arthritis may involve the use of heat and cold therapy, manual therapy techniques, and gentle stretching and range of motion exercises to help reduce pain and improve mobility. Our physiotherapists may also use a combination of electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and other modalities to help manage pain and reduce swelling.

As the patient's symptoms improve, the therapist will focus on strengthening the muscles surrounding the affected joints. This can help to provide stability to the joints and reduce the risk of further injury. Our physiotherapists may also teach the patient exercises to perform at home to continue the progress made during therapy sessions.

In addition to physiotherapy, self-care is also important for the treatment of arthritis. This may include:

  • Taking over-the-counter pain medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, as directed

  • Engaging in low-impact activities, such as swimming or cycling, to maintain overall fitness

  • Maintaining a healthy diet and weight to reduce stress on the affected joints

  • Using assistive devices, such as a cane or a brace, to reduce stress on the affected joints

It is important to note that the treatment for arthritis can be a long-term process, but with the right treatment and support, most people are able to reduce their pain and improve their overall function.

Arthritis can be a chronic and painful condition that affects many people, but with the right treatment and support, it is possible to reduce pain and improve function. Physiotherapy is an important component of the treatment for arthritis and can help to reduce pain, improve range of motion, and strengthen the muscles surrounding the affected joints. If you are experiencing symptoms of arthritis, it is important to seek medical attention to get an accurate diagnosis and develop an effective treatment plan. Book in a session today and start your journey to recovery.

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