What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a term that relates to changes in the structure of a joint that may be associated with pain. Common joints affected are the ankle, knee, hip, shoulder and spine. This may cause symptoms of pain, stiffness and swelling of the affected joint or joints. This is caused by inflammation of the bone that underlies the cartilage (cushioning of the joint).
Risk factors for arthritis:
Previous traumatic injury or surgery to the joint, multiple steroid injections to the joint, carrying excessive belly fat, muscle weakness, inactivity or over-activity and depression.
Treatment of arthritis:
The great news is that there are lots of effective treatments that our physiotherapists at Body Logic Physiotherapy can offer for arthritis.
Firstly, we identify the key factors contributing to the pain and inflammation.
Secondly, we develop a plan to manage it. This will involve a graduated mobility and strengthening exercises, and a program to get you physically active based on your preference. It’s really important to get you fit, confident and strong as this results in pain relief and increased functional capacity.
For knee and hip arthritis, we offer the GLA:D program.