Mississauga Arthritis & Osteoarthritis Physiotherapy

Do you believe that you are suffering from arthritis, but you are not sure about what your condition means and what types of treatments you should pursue? At our clinics we often work with patients who have been diagnosed with arthritis or osteoarthritis.

In these cases, it is imperative to get support from a treatment professional as soon as possible. Understanding how arthritis and osteoarthritis can impact your quality of life will help you to move forward with a treatment plan that minimizes your symptoms.

Conditions

Braces and supports help in a variety of situations, such as recovering from an injury or just leading an active lifestyle and needing to protect your joints. Here are just a few examples of when braces and straps can help:

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Injuries

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Post-operative rehab

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Joint conditions like Arthritis

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Conditions related to Athletic Injuries

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Jobs involving heavy lifting or repetitive motions

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Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)

A knee joint with pain from jumper's knee.

Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper’s Knee) and conditions related to Runner’s Knee

What Is Arthritis?

It is important to understand what arthritis is, who is most likely to get it, and symptoms. Arthritis refers to inflammation of at least one joint and it can get worse with age, causing pain and stiffness for the patient who has it. There are several different types of arthritis, each of which has different causes, and this includes; infections, general wear and tear, and underlying diseases.

Physical therapy, medications or surgery might be recommended depending on the patient and these are the more traditional methods of managing this condition. That being said, it is not always the only course of action for a patient with arthritis. There are many cases when a patient doesn’t want to rely only on traditional treatments to handle the pain or could benefit from a combined management approach of traditional medications and outside therapy. Those who pursue both often find that they can greatly reduce their symptoms and enjoy more mobility in their daily life.


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What Is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is somewhat different from a diagnosis of arthritis and this is where many patients often get confused before they are able to get support and treatment from the right person.

Our therapists often work with those patients who have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and are experiencing significant decline in their quality of life. Osteoarthritis refers to a medical condition in which the flexible tissue at the ends of the bones wears down. This gets worse over time and can usually be triggered after noticed symptoms, such as joint pain in the lower back, neck, hands, knees, and hips. Physical therapy, physiotherapy, medications or even surgery might be recommended to maintain joint movement, but lab tests and imaging are often required in order to identify this serious condition.

Are There Other Natural Ways to Get Relief from Arthritis Pain?

Many people are interested in alternative treatments for resolving their arthritis pain. It can be a serious issue to cope with arthritis every day because it can follow you around and make everyday activities very difficult. Some of the most common ways to get natural relief from arthritis pain include eating fatty acids, taking turmeric, getting a massage, meditation, hot and cold exercise, weight loss, and acupuncture.

Before you go to a therapist, you might pursue these natural ways to manage your arthritis effectively but discover that it does not address the entire issue. In this case, such as if you continue to suffer from tendonitis, you might wish to get the support of a physiotherapist to help you with your arthritis pain.

Some people even pursue treatment options such as acupuncture to address their arthritis pain.

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Benefits of Arthritis Therapy

Many patients who have arthritis can benefit from physical therapy. In fact, a physical therapist can help to relieve pain in the moment from someone who has been going through the day to day struggle of coping with arthritis. But a physical therapist can also show you how to manage stiffness without further damage to the joint.

Physiotherapy can also be helpful for joint replacements following joint surgery or injuries caused by a fall. Physiotherapy for arthritis can include maintaining fitness, improving the mobility and the use of affected joints, preserving the ability to perform regular activities, and increasing strength to support the joint. Having a therapist to guide you through this process can be extremely beneficial because this person can teach you proper body mechanics and posture and show you how to properly use the assistive devices, such as canes and walkers.

Activa Clinics Offer Arthritis and Osteoarthritis Physiotherapy

Distinct from physical therapy, you might seek out physiotherapy for your arthritis diagnosis. This is becoming increasingly popular since millions of people suffer from arthritis. Physiotherapy is recommended in patients that are suffering from osteoarthritis because it benefits the improvement of physical functioning and reduces pain.

There are several different modalities used by physiotherapists for treating osteoarthritis, such as exercises. If you are dealing with pain or physical limitations caused by osteoarthritis, physiotherapy treatment can help. Find one of our local Activa Clinics in Mississauga and have yourself checked today.

One of the most important things to know is that where you go with your physiotherapy depends on where you’re starting at, but for a patient who is just recognizing the symptoms of these conditions, it can be hard to know that. Don’t worry- during your initial session, we will discuss how these issues have already affected your daily life and some achievable goals that can be established based on your treatment program. You can rest assured that with our professionals that you’ll always know what you’re supposed to be working on and how you can amplify the results of your in-person session.

Choosing the Right Brace

With the wide variety of braces available, it can be hard to find the right one for you, as there are knee sleeves, knee straps, knee braces and back braces for lower back pain to choose from,  but our experienced medical professionals can help.

Cost and Coverage

Our team includes physiotherapists, kinesiologists, chiropractors, and more. They have a thorough understanding of biomechanics and how to keep you moving properly. By analyzing your issues and goals, they will help you find the best solution. To learn more about our functional braces and straps, give us a call or schedule a consultation today.

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Visit one of our conveniently located clinics that serve communities in and around Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton, Scarborough, or Kitchener.

Mississauga Arthritis & Osteoarthritis Physiotherapy FAQs

How long does it take to treat my arthritis or osteoarthritis?

Treating arthritis and osteoarthritis is an ongoing process since these conditions cannot be cured. Having regular physiotherapy sessions can greatly reduce your pain and increase your mobility. Even though the condition might not be cured, you can still benefit from improvement in functionality.

What causes arthritis flare ups?

Some of the most common triggers of an arthritis flare include trauma to the joint, overdoing an activity, weight gain or an infection.

Can heat treatment help with arthritis?

There are many different types of treatments that can be used to minimize the significant pain that comes with arthritis. Heat can help to lubricate joints and relax muscles, therefore, providing a positive treatment for arthritis patients.