Arthritis affects almost half of our community aged over 50, with the most common type being osteoarthritis.
However, arthritis can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or nationality, especially when it comes to the other, less common type of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, ankylosing spondylitis, juvenile arthritis, lupus and scleroderma.
Common Symptoms The most common symptoms include joint pain and joint stiffness. Other joint symptoms can include redness, warmth, swelling and in later stages, catching, clunking or grinding in the joint. People may also feel generally fatigued or unwell because of their arthritis. These symptoms can greatly affect your quality of life, resulting in reduced mobility, physical limitations and associated emotional distress.
How can physiotherapy help with arthritis? Physiotherapy plays an important role in helping to live well with arthritis. The aim of treatment is to get the pain under control, keep joints mobile and help people stay active and healthy by developing safe, personalised exercise programs. 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. Physiotherapy can also help by providing joint protection advice and pain-relieving strategies.