Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints in the body. First of all, the most common types of arthritis are “osteoarthritis” and “rheumatoid arthritis”.
In addition, the pain caused by arthritis is caused by inflammation around a joint, daily wear and tear of the joint, joint fatigue and/or damage to the joint due to disease.
As a result, even though there are over 100 different types of arthritis, the symptoms are similar; varied levels of pain or aching, swelling of the joints, and stiffness in the joint.
Furthermore, osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis caused by daily wear and tear on the joints, and can affect the hands, feet, back, hips and knees.
Rheumatoid arthritis is the second most common since the body’s own immune system is attacking body tissue. Because most of the damage occurs to joint lining and cartilage, causing erosion between two opposing joints. This often occurs in joints of the fingers, wrists, elbows and knees.
Most of all, even though there is no cure for either type of arthritis, our Physiotherapists can help with pain management through proper physical exercise. Physiotherapy has been found to significantly improve function in the joints affected, and decrease pain. For more information, please contact The Arthritis Society.
Finally, our therapist will guide patients through exercise programs that will help the supporting muscles get stronger and they will also teach you manual stretches that can be perform anywhere in order to reduce muscle tension and fatigue.