Physiotherapy treatment will help you to manage your arthritis and will help you to continue or return to doing the things you enjoy. Physiotherapy treatment helps to manage your pain, to keep your joints mobile and your muscles strong.
Will physiotherapy treatment help arthritis?
Physiotherapy treatment for arthritis
- Exercises to minimise stiffness
- Exercises for strength and stability
- Exercises for flexibility
- Manual Therapy to decrease stiffness and pain
- Ice and/or heat to settle pain and inflammation
- Education on managing living with arthritis
- Braces if needed
- Walking aids if needed
- Balance and coordination exercises
- Taping to support sore joints or to support tight muscles
- Orthotics, inserts and footwear advice
What is the best exercise for arthritis?
I will make you a personalised exercise programme. This will be specific to what is best for you. Exercise will help to keep you as active as possible and avoid or delay the need for an operation, e.g. a Hip or Knee Replacement
Try an exercise class for arthritis
Be Active with Arthritis is an adapted exercise programme developed by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and Arthritis Ireland. This is a one-hour class held over six weeks directed by a Chartered Physiotherapist. This is currently run as an online video workshop.
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint.
What are the symptoms of arthritis?
- decreased range of movement.
Types of arthritis
There are more than 200 types of Arthritis and related conditions. If there is Arthritis in your family, you may be more likely to develop it. Arthritis can start suddenly, without any obvious cause, at any age.
The most common types of arthritis include:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Polymyalgia Rheumatica
- Psoriatic Arthritis
- Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
- Sjogren’s Syndrome
Which joints does arthritis affect?
The most commonly affected joints are the knee, hip, thumbs, fingers and ankles. Although it can affect others as well. A previous injury to a joint may make it more prone to Arthritis.
Top tips for arthritis care
- Keep active
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Avoid making an inflamed joint worse
- Get advice on how to manage your condition yourself from your Physiotherapist
- Get advice on walking aids and braces as they may help