Joint pain and arthritis can seriously impact your quality of life. It is important to seek an accurate diagnosis for your joint problems to enable you to get the best, most suitable treatment for your condition. Physiotherapy is often recommended as an effective way of treating joint pain and arthritis.
What Is Arthritis & Joint Pain?
Joint pain is also called ‘arthralgia’. It can occur in one or more joints in your body. It can be very painful, causing stiffness, redness and swelling in your joints. This can restrict your movement and function, making daily tasks difficult and uncomfortable. Joint pain can be caused by a number of factors, including arthritis.
‘Arthritis’ is a term used to describe a specific range of diseases that involve wear, inflammation, infection or pain in the joints.
Your doctor or physiotherapist will start by accurately diagnosing the cause of your joint pain. It could be caused by factors such as a direct injury, an infection, a ligament injury or a tendon injury. Your pain could also be caused by arthritis, which occurs when joints become worn over time. Common arthritic conditions include both osteo and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteo arthritis is caused when the cartilage in your joints loses its elasticity and wears away. This means the bones in your joints may rub together. Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by an inflammation in the fluid in your joints.
Joint problems and arthritis can be treated very successfully with physiotherapy. Arthralgia (joint pain) and arthritis treatment will usually involve a set of simple exercises designed by your physiotherapist. These will help you regain movement and reduce your pain. You may also be offered pain relief treatments such as electrotherapy, massage or a range of other techniques depending on your needs. Our holistic range of services will enable us to create a personalised, bespoke treatment plan to support you to live an active lifestyle.