Every day we’re helping people with arthritis reduce their pain, rely less on medication and improve their quality of life. Arthritis is one of the most common causes of joint pain that we treat in the clinic.
This is unsurprising with one in 11 Australians experiencing arthritis, and 64% of Australians with arthritis having moderate to substantial work-related disability. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and can be defined as degeneration of the joint cartilage, the cushioning surface present on the ends of our bones. These changes can lead to joint pain, swelling and stiffness that impact simple daily tasks.
But, there’s good news! Physiotherapy is very effective in reducing pain and improving function in sufferers of hip and knee Osteoarthritis. Contrary to popular belief, exercise is fantastic for knees, hips and cartilage health but needs to be applied in the right dosage and form.
How can Physiotherapy help me?
- Strengthening the muscles surrounding the joint for added support and to reduce the force on your joints and strengthen your cartilage
- Helping you to become involved in regular physical activity
- Assisting you in taking a ‘holistic’ approach to managing arthritis through liaisin with other health professionals
- Balancing activity with rest
The take-home message here is: there’s no need to avoid gentle exercise when experiencing arthritis. In fact, exercise can be fantastic for keeping us strong and mobile, reducing pain and minimising the effects of this condition.
If you or a family member are struggling to find relief from arthritis and want to get back to your physical best and do all that you love, call the clinic on 8490 0777 or book online.