Arthritis is a painful condition that causes inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues. It can affect any joint with the most common being neck, back, hands, feet, hips or knees. Arthritis treatment varies depending on you particular condition so at the initial consultation at Blackwood Physiotherapy we’ll obtain as much information as we can. The information provided will enable us to develop and treatment and management plan.
Regular exercise can benefit people with arthritis by reducing pain, improving mobility and helping to maintain a healthy body weight.
The best way to avoid doing damage to the joints, is to find out which exercises are the right ones for you. Our Physios can develop a treatment and exercise program specific for your needs.
Arthritis is a broad and complex topic with many types, subtypes, and variations. It is defined as an acute or chronic joint inflammation that often co-exists with pain and structural damage. Arthritis describes a set of symptoms that includes pain, stiffness, and joint deformities subsequent to an inflammatory process. The destructive process can occur through multiple pathways.
Arthritis can refer to over 150 different conditions that affect the muscles, bones and joints. These include:
- Degenerative disease (osteoarthritis)
- Post traumatic arthritis
- Spondyloarthritis (including Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Reactive Arthritis, Enteropathic Arthritis)
- Auto-immune or auto-inflammatory processes (rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis)
- Crystal deposition (gout and pseudogout)
- Infection (septic arthritis)
- Idiopathic (juvenile idiopathic arthritis).
Many diseases can result in arthritis. Examples include systemic lupus erythematosus, psoriasis, Lyme disease, reactive arthritis, and celiac disease among numerous others.
Causes of Arthritis
- Immune system disorders
- Previous injury
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Stiffness in movement of a joint
- Redness or warmth in a joint
- Healthy lifestyle
- Hot and cold therapy