Arthritis

Article by Shane Armfield

Arthritis

Arthritis is an umbrella term for over 100 medical conditions that affect your joints.

Arthritis-related problems include pain, stiffness, inflammation and damage to joint cartilage (the tissue that covers the ends of bones, enabling them to move against each another) and surrounding structures. Arthritis can result in muscle weakness, joint instability and physical deformities. These physical deficits can interfere with your most basic daily tasks such as walking and eating. Plus, it can limit your ability and drive a car, open jars, reach high shelves, put on your shoes etc.

The number of people suffering from arthritis is growing as our population lives longer. There is a belief that arthritis is simply a consequence of age. But it is not simply a natural part of ageing. In fact, there are millions of working age sufferers. Researchers have identified that certain families are susceptible to arthritis through genetic predisposition.

However, early diagnosis seems to be a key to better management of your arthritis. Research suggests that early intervention can delay the onset of the disease and may reduce the number of cases of osteoarthritis.

Common Causes of Arthritis

While there are about 100 forms of arthritis, the three most common causes account for 95% of all arthritis. These are:

Less Common Causes of Arthritis

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Specific Arthritis Conditions

General Arthritis Information

What is Arthritis?

Rheumatology Conditions

Rheumatoid Conditions - Overview

Osteoarthritis Conditions

Osteoarthritis - Overview

Spine
Peripheral Joints

Common Arthritis Treatments

There is no known cure for arthritis. However arthritis is usually manageable, but can impact on your quality of life and includes varying degrees of discomfort and pain.

With accurate assessment and early treatment, most arthritis sufferers respond effectively to physiotherapy allowing you to quickly resume pain-free and normal activities of daily living. 

Please ask you physiotherapist for their professional treatment advice.

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Arthritis Treatment Options

  • Early Injury Treatment
  • Avoid the HARM Factors
  • Acupuncture and Dry Needling
  • Sub-Acute Soft Tissue Injury Treatment
  • Scapular Stabilisation Exercises
  • Closed Kinetic Chain Exercises
  • Active Foot Posture Correction Exercises
  • Gait Analysis
  • Biomechanical Analysis
  • Balance Enhancement Exercises
  • Proprioception & Balance Exercises
  • Medications?
  • Orthotics
  • Soft Tissue Massage
  • Brace or Support
  • Dry Needling
  • Electrotherapy & Local Modalities
  • Heat Packs
  • Joint Mobilisation Techniques
  • Kinesiology Tape
  • Neurodynamics
  • Physiotherapy Instrument Mobilisation (PIM)
  • Strength Exercises
  • Stretching Exercises
  • Supportive Taping & Strapping
  • TENS Machine
  • Video Analysis
  • Yoga
  • FAQs about Arthritis

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  • What is the Correct Way to Sit?
  • What to expect when you visit PhysioWorks?
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  • Why Kinesiology Tape Helps Reduce Swelling and Bruising Quicker
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    Last updated 30-Aug-2018 02:59 PM

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