Arthritis is a common condition which causes pain and inflammation within the joints. Arthritis can affect people of all ages, including children.
The two most common types of arthritis are: Osteoarthritis & Rheumatoid
Although osteoarthritis can occur at any age it most often develops in people, more commonly women, in their mid-40s or older. In osteoarthritis the protective cartilage on the ends of the bones breaks down, causing pain, swelling and problems moving the joint. Bony growths can develop, and the area can become red and swollen.
Rheumatoid arthritis often develops when an individual is between 40 and 50 years old. Women are 3 times more likely to be affected than men. In rheumatoid arthritis the body’s immune system targets affected joints which then leads to swelling and pain. This can then spread causing the joints shape to change which in turn can cause the bone and cartilage to break down.
The symptoms of arthritis an individual may experience will vary depending on which type they have. These symptoms include:
Other types of arthritis and similar conditions include:
Physiotherapy – Hands on physiotherapy/manual therapy to stretch, mobilise and massage the body tissues to keep joints supple and flexible. Our physiotherapists can customise a treatment plan which will include regular exercise that keeps the individual active, builds up muscle and strengthens the joints. This may help alleviate some symptoms.
Part of the treatment plan recommended by the physiotherapist may include collaboration with our PFit team.
PFit – Establishing and maintaining an exercise programme along with a nutritional plan can allow an individual to reach and/or maintain a healthy weight as well as keeping them active. Our Personal Trainers can provide a nutritional plan, exercise advice and planning, massage and access to specific technology which can assist in improving symptoms.