While living with arthritis can have its challenges, we can help you feel stronger and move better.
What falls into this category?
- Osteoarthritis (OA) – Knees, hips, finger joints and big toe are most common for OA but can happen in any joint of the body!
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) – hands and feet, hips and knees
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Psoriatic Arthritis
- Reactive Arthritis (RA)
- Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
- Polymyalgia Rheumatica
What are the symptoms?
- Stiffness or reduced movement of a joint
- “Slow to get going”
- RA – symmetrical symptoms – the joints affected will be both sides of the body
- Swelling in a joint
- Redness and warmth in a joint
- General symptoms, weight loss or feeling unwell.
- Starts for no clear reason, and lasts for more than a few days
- Can be aggravated or improved with exercise
When should I get treatment?
When your pain is affecting your life, and you feel like doing less will prevent the damage – you need to see someone. Too often pain and stiffness means people do less, and get weaker and sorer – a dangerous cycle. There are many types of arthritis, in which we are able to assist in the treatment of symptoms, teach you about the problem and strengthen your muscles to better support the area. Most arthritis themselves are not reversible, and in some cases can be managed with medication (or through a GP or rheumatologist). If you don’t want this to be the only method, you can attach your problem with treatment that helps release the tension and restrictions through muscles and improve ease of movement.
What treatments help?
- Muscle release – massage, dry needling, stretching, trigger point release
- Joint articulation techniques to appropriate areas to assist with movement
- Exercise prescription – strong muscles help your joints!
- RA generally requires a gentler approach when it comes to treatment and exercises, so we tailor this appropriately to meet the individual’s needs.
- Education on your condition to help you better understand and manage it.