Scarborough Arthritis & Osteoarthritis Physiotherapy
If you have been diagnosed with arthritis, especially osteoarthritis you will already know how painful and debilitating it can be. Life soon becomes a struggle when you can no longer do the things you want. Especially when you believe that your condition is only going to worsen over time.
Fortunately, there is a solution, at least a partial one. Sadly, we cannot cure your arthritis. But we can help to minimize the pain, strengthen your body as a whole and play a role in helping you to learn how to do things differently. Over the years, using this three-pronged approach we have been able to help dozens of people to carry on living the kind of lives they want.
We are confident we will be able to help you too. To find out more about what we can offer you, all you need to do is to read on. Or, if you prefer, give us a call, or fill out our contact form so we can discuss your situation and determine what we can do to ease your pain.
The main symptom of arthritis is swelling around the joints, which leads to pain and difficulty in moving. To date, just over 100 different forms of the disease have been identified. The most common form of which is osteoarthritis, which affects around 3.8% of the world’s population. Around 0.24% of people suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. Gout, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus are other forms of arthritis that you may have heard of.
Women are twice as likely to suffer from this condition than men. It is thought that this is because the immune system of women is more reactive. That makes them more vulnerable to autoimmune response diseases like arthritis.
In some cases, it is general wear and tear that leads to the edges of the bones that are in contact with each other wearing away or deforming. This leads to swelling and later deformity of the joint. People who have physically demanding jobs, especially those involving repetitive movements are particularly vulnerable to those types of arthritis. A lot of factory workers, craftspeople and builders suffer from hand pain that is due to their joints being inflamed after years of heavy use.
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Given that osteoarthritis is the most common form of the disease, there is a good chance that is the underlying cause of your painful, swollen joints. Although you should never assume that is the case. It is important that you visit your doctor and get a proper diagnosis.
Osteoarthritis develops when the smooth cartilage that sits between two joints starts to degenerate. This tends to happen as we age. When this vital cushioning material begins to dry out. Joints that have been subjected to more than usual levels of wear and tear are more susceptible to the disease. That is why it is common amongst athletes and people who take part in a lot of sports. Or those with physically taxing jobs. It is also more common in women and those who have a family history of osteoarthritis.
Fortunately, there is quite a bit that can be done to slow the progression of the disease. Including, strengthening the surrounding muscle, and realigning the joint so that there is less of a strain on it.
If you are one of the many people who are coping with physical limitations due to arthritis, full-body physiotherapy treatment will help you a great deal. It can be used to restore some of the range of movement that you have lost. This is done by getting the muscles to provide better support for the affected joints and improve the delivery of nutrients and blood to the area.
We take a holistic approach when designing an arthritis and osteoarthritis physiotherapy program specifically for you. This enables us to tackle the problem from several directions at once, which results in your feeling the benefits as soon as possible.
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The use of natural therapies, where appropriate, is a part of our multi-pronged approach. We leave no stone unturned when it comes to helping you to get relief from this painful condition. We encourage everyone to try the following, even before getting in touch with us:
- Lose any excess weight you are carrying
- See your doctor and get their help
- Try gentle massage treatments (we also offer those in our clinics)
- Gradually become more active
- Follow a healthy low-fat diet that is designed to dampen down inflammation
- Try taking turmeric
- Learn how to use meditation to better manage your pain response
Visit our Scarborough Clinic and let us tell you more about the various Arthritis & Osteoarthritis treatments we have available and make an appointment for you.
You can also use our contact form to get in touch and learn more or make an appointment to come in and see us.
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