Most people experience joint aches and pains. These can be the result of muscle strains, overworking, an accident or an underlying problem such as arthritis. Over 9 million people have arthritis in the UK. Osteoarthritis is by far the most common type of arthritis in the UK. Symptoms include; pain, stiffness, creaking joints and soft and hard swellings. Hips, knees, neck, back and fingers are the most common joints to be affected.
Physiotherapy can play an important role in the treatment of osteoarthritis. The goals of physiotherapy are to decrease inflammation, improve joint range of motion, and strengthen the muscles surrounding the affected joint. Stretching and strengthening exercises can help achieve these goals. Although there is no cure for arthritis as it is a degenerative problem, there are ways we can help you reduce your pain and help you move forward. Simple strengthening exercises may be all it takes to reduce your discomfort and allow you to get on with life.
Thorough questioning and physical testing helps us identify the most likely root of the problem enabling us to formulate a treatment plan. This will consist of hands on manual therapy combined with a home exercise & advice program.