Arthritis is a term that describes diseases affecting the joints. There are many types of Arthritis, but the most common forms are Osteoarthritis (also sometimes called Degenerative Joint Disease), and Rheumatoid Arthritis (which is an auto-immune disease). Arthritis can affect both young and older people, and the onset can be gradual or sudden. Symptoms often include pain and stiffness, which may be accompanied by redness, warmth and swelling of the affected joints.
Though there is no cure for Arthritis, there are many ways to help manage the symptoms. Your GP may prescribe medications to help control pain and/ or inflammation. They may also refer you to a Musculoskeletal Physician or a Rheumatologist for more specific diagnosis and medical treatment. Surgery is sometimes required but often a last resort.
Physiotherapy is also extremely useful in helping to manage the effects of Arthritis. Your Physiotherapist will be able to provide treatment to help with pain and stiffness, and importantly give you advice on how to move better so as to avoid overloading your joints. Exercise is a very important part of managing Arthritis, and a Physiotherapist is just the person to guide you as to which exercises would be the most safe and effective ones to be doing.
At DMA Clinical Pilates and Physiotherapy, our Physiotherapists are experts in exercise prescription for chronic conditions like Arthritis. We have the medical knowledge and the Clinical Pilates experience to safely design and guide you through your individually designed exercise program to help with your symptoms and goals.