Osteoarthritis & Rhematoid Arthritis

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Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects the joints. It is the most common type of arthritis in the UK. Around 1 million people see their GP about it and the NHS in England and Wales performs over 140,000 hip and knee replacement operations every year.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease, mainly affecting joints and tendons. An inflamed joint looks swollen and red, and appears warm to the touch. The disease usually starts in the wrists, hands or feet, and can spread to other joints and other parts of the body.

How is it treated?

At P Bassett Physiotherapy we use various forms of exercise and mobilisations to assist our patients with Osteoarthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis however the primary objective is to help patients understand their condition more thoroughly and the rational behind the exercising advice offered by the therapist.

What does treatment involve?

Whenever you are seen by a physiotherapist you will be clinically assessed. This will involve the physiotherapist asking questions about your symptoms and any difficulties you are having with movement or activities of daily living. You will usually need to undress the relevant body part so that the physiotherapist can examine your joints and muscles and see how you perform functional activities. As such wearing vests and shorts may be helpful during your appointment. Fatigue and pain relief will be discussed in your consultation and advice given regarding physical techniques which may help, such as use of ice or heat.

The physiotherapist may use soft tissue techniques and/or joint mobilisation and will advise on exercises that are specific to you. This may involve gym work but the therapist will endeavour to find suitable ways of exercising that will ‘fit in’ to your daily life. For example, patients with Osteoarthritis of the hands may be given a simple elastic band routine to undertake whereas someone with Osteoarthritis of the knee may be given exercises to do whilst at home or in the office.

In Summary

It is important to try to find ways to continue with normal activities such as staying in work. The physiotherapist can work with occupational therapy colleagues to discuss your individual problems and help you to find ways to continue with this if indicated.

What next?

If you would like to benefit from one of our treatments, then we would be happy to hear from you.

You can contact us by calling our reception between 6:30am-10pm, Monday-Friday and from 9am-5pm Saturday & Sunday on 01235 206777 or by using our contact form found here. We can then start to discuss a suitable treatment programme designed just for your needs. Thank you.