If arthritis is limiting your activities, give physiotherapy a try.
Does lower back pain keep you up at night? Do you have difficulty climbing stairs? Are you troubled by morning stiffness? You could be having arthritis. A very common misconception about arthritis is that it affects only old people. Factually, arthritis can affect anyone at any age including children, young adults, and middle-aged people.
Lately, arthritis is on an alarming rise, the disease affects 15% people over 180 million people in India. Change in lifestyle, improper diet, inheritance, lack of exercise and a hectic working pattern is being blamed for rising cases in Arthritis.
As there are many types of arthritis, there’s also a wide range of symptoms. Severe pain, joint stiffness, tiredness, and swelling are just a few of the common symptoms of arthritis. Chronic pain is a constant companion for people with arthritis.
Chronic pain is a constant companion for people with arthritis.
What exactly is Arthritis?
The word “arthritis” means joint inflammation. Arthritis is often mistaken as a single disease. However, there are more than 100 different types of arthritis with different causes. Two of the most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
The cause depends on the form of arthritis. It is believed to be caused by a combination of genetic susceptibility, hormonal and environmental factors, inheritance, health conditions and diet.
People with arthritis experience severe pain and stiffness in their joints which makes it difficult for them to do everyday activities like walking, getting dressed, driving, cooking, writing, etc.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis, but there are ways to effectively manage chronic arthritis pain and physiotherapy is one of them.
How can Physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapy focuses on the body’s ability to engage in movement. As the treatment depends on the source of the problem, the physiotherapist will carefully understand your joint and muscle issues and then help you to:
Manage pain – A physiotherapist will advise the best exercises after assessing the joints and muscles of the patient. A structured physiotherapy program will include stretching, strengthening and aerobic exercises which will help reduce the pressure on joints, strengthen muscles, restore mobility and ease the pain.
Improve fitness – A structured exercise program can be beneficial to the overall well-being and functioning of the individual with arthritis. It will help the patient lose weight which will put less strain on the joints.
Stay active – When suffering from arthritis, it is important to stay active as being inactive for long periods of time can do more damage. Your physio will help you get the right balance between activity and rest so you keep active without feeling undue pain.
We’re here to help
We understand living with arthritis is very painful. Hence, we are working to take the pain away from people suffering from all forms of arthritis. Our experienced Physios work with you through exercise programs and other techniques to keep you active and build their strength.
The focus is to reduce the pain in affected areas and help the patient live an independent life.