Treatment for Arthritis in Kalgoorlie
Joints aching? Feeling stiff? Losing mobility? We can keep you mobile, optimise your function and reduce your pain.
Arthritis refers to a group of conditions affecting the body’s joints, including the bone, muscle and surrounding soft tissues. The most common symptoms are joint pain, stiffness and reduced function, which can lead to disability and reduced quality of life.
The two most common types of arthritis are Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Arthritis can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or nationality. Women are more affected than men. Osteoarthritis is the most common, affecting 48% of people over 50 years old. RA on the other hand only affects 2% of the population.
Arthritis affects each person differently and symptoms vary depending on what type of arthritis a person has and it’s severity. The most common symptoms include:
- Joint pain and joint stiffness
- Redness, warmth, swelling
- In later stages, catching, clunking or grinding in the joint
- People may also feel generally fatigued or unwell because of their arthritis
Physiotherapy plays an important role in self-management of arthritis. As there is no cure, the aim of treatment is to manage pain, keep joints mobile and help people stay active and healthy by developing safe, personalised exercise programs. The exercise program will be tailored to your fitness levels and symptoms. As many people with arthritis experience joint pain constantly, exercising when in pain is unavoidable but with regular exercise pain can reduce over time.
As a guide, tolerable pain before or during exercise is common, expected and most often harmless. To see the benefits, exercise must be completed regularly and incorporated into your daily routine. Evidence shows regular exercise is one of the most effective non-surgical treatments for all types of arthritis as it reduces pain, improves function and keeps joints moving. As well as improving symptoms, exercise is vital for weight management and general health, both very important to lessen the impact of arthritis.
Your physiotherapist will also help by providing joint protection advice and pain relief. They can also provide guidance on how to pace activities to limit pain flares and recommend ways to do things without causing strain to the joints.