Arthritis is an umbrella term used to describe various specific conditions that cause inflammation of one or multiple joints of the body. Arthritis typically involves the cartilage that lines the joint surface, and the amount of cartilage damage varies depending on the type of arthritis occurring within the joint.
Types : Whilst there are hundreds of forms of arthritis, the two most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
Most commonly called "wear and tear", it is when the cartilage (cushioning between joints) wears or breaks downs causing pain, stiffness and swelling. Osteoarthritis can occur in most joints in the body like your hips, knees, fingers and feet. Pain is usually felt first thing in the morning or after prolonged rest. Affected areas can get painful after activity and common symptoms include swelling, creaking or cracking and limited range. The process is usually caused over time as people age, increased weight, genetics and through trauma or injury to a joint. Fortunately, there are many ways nowadays to help with treating osteoarthritis and physiotherapy can be extremely beneficial. Through exercise, moving joints, stretching, heat and other forms of therapy, symptoms can be reduced.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease which attacks its own joints. This creates inflammation of the joints causing the lining of the joints to thicken.Rheumatoid Arthritis tends to occur at an early age and it can wear the joints breaking away the lining of the joint. It most commonly attacks the hands and feet of both sides and can also affect the body systems. Treatment involves using different types of medications to slow and stop the progression of the disease but improving physical function is also vitally important.
At Total Physiocare we treat hundreds of patients who suffer from the condition and we have experienced staff who can help tailor a program and access your condition. Contact us today to see how we can help you.