Physiotherapy for Arthritis in Colchester, Essex
We are here to offer physiotherapy for arthritis in Colchester from qualified physios who care about your wellbeing and quality of life. Arthritis is a condition which causes pain and stiffness in joints and ultimately leads to reduced mobility and deconditioning of musculature associated with the affected joint.
There are two main types of arthritis; Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is caused by changes in the cartilage which lines the surfaces of joints. In a normal knee, cartilage is smooth and protects the ends of bones that form a joint. In an osteoarthritic joint, the cartilage has become rough and thin which can cause inflammation, joint stiffness and pain.
There is good evidence that improving muscle strength and control of movement across joint surfaces can improve the symptoms of Osteoarthritis. Modifying exercise to allow for pain-free movement and improve muscle conditioning are key to conservative treatment of Osteoarthritis. In severe cases of Osteoarthritis, where activities of daily life are severely compromised, surgical replacement or resurfacing of the joint is required.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune condition which causes the body to attack the lining (synovial membrane) of multiple joints, which, if unchecked, can lead to destruction of joint surfaces and deformity. It is important to establish what type of arthritis is causing the joint to be inflamed. Blood tests can determine whether an auto-immune response is occurring and reveal what type of rheumatoid arthritis is present. Pharmaceutical treatment is usually required to reduce joint damage and prevent repeated episodes from occurring. Physiotherapy can be helpful in protecting joints during the acute phase of rheumatoid arthritis and restoring strength of musculature around the affected joint when the auto-immune response is dormant.
Common arthritic conditions that we treat at Colchester Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic are:
Osteoarthritis of the knee
Osteoarthritis of the hip
Osteoarthritis of the lower back
Osteoarthritis of the neck