Physiotherapy for arthritis sufferers in Newmarket

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis. Although it’s often described as ‘wear and tear’ or ‘degenerative changes’ in the joints, it’s not inevitable that your arthritis will become worse and you can treat it.

Osteoarthritis affects people differently. It may be present in one joint or many, one side of the body or both and the symptoms can be mild or severe. Knees, hips and the joints at the base of your thumbs are most commonly affected.

It’s a condition that develops slowly. When arthritis first starts you might only notice an ache in the affected joint(s) after exercise or heavier work activity. Over time this pain may become apparent more frequently. Stiffness after resting or when trying to get your joints moving first thing in the morning are very common symptoms of arthritis.

If your joints are persistently stiff in the morning – for longer than 30 minutes – then it might be worth talking to your GP about blood tests as you might have a different type of arthritis called Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Relief of pain and effective treatment for arthritis

It might feel like exercise is the last thing you want to do when you’re in pain but a carefully planned, progressive exercise programme is one of the best ways to treat arthritis.

The right exercises will improve joint mobility and build a scaffold of strong muscular support around your joints to take the load off your cartilage, while improving balance and co-ordination. Our physios will also advise on rest breaks, which are an important part of any exercise programme prescribed for arthritis. We also offer home visits, if you’d prefer to have treatment at home.

How can a physiotherapist help if you have arthritis?

Successful physiotherapy requires a combination approach taking into account your lifestyle, weight control and non-drug pain relief treatments as well as exercises. Injection Therapy, Acupuncture, Transcutaneous Nerve Stimulation (TNS), Remedial Massage and hot or cold packs might all be recommended as part of an overall management programme.

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