Arthritis

ARTHRITIS

Arthritis is the leading cause of chronic pain and the second most common cause of disability and early retirement due to ill health in Australia. What that means is that it has severe impact on our quality of life.

According to Arthritis Australia, there are more than 100 different types of arthritis. Most forms of arthritis are thought to be auto-immune conditions, where the body’s immune system attacks its own joint tissues.

The most common forms of Arthritis are :

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of joint disease. The entire joint structures including bone, cartilage, ligaments and muscles areaffected. It is often described as ‘wear and tear’, this is not an accurate description of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is now thought to be the result of a joint working extra hard to repair itself. It occurs most often in the knees, hips, finger joints and big toe

The most common symptoms are :

  • pain and stiffness of the joints that develops on slowly, over months or even years
  • Usually worse on activity like using stairs (sharp pain), but can be very achy at night
  • Clicking, grinding and/or popping sounds
  • Loss of mobility in the joint (even without pain).

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis, a common inflammatory form of arthritis, is an autoimmune disease that causes pain and swelling of the joints. In an autoimmune disease, your immune system starts attacking your own healthy tissues. In RA, the immune system targets the lining of the joints, causing inflammation and joint damage.

The most common symptoms are :

  • joint pain, swelling, and tenderness to touch
  • stiffness in the joints, especially in the morning
  • symmetrical (the same joints on both sides of the body are affected)!

HOW CAN WE HELP YOU

Although there is currently no cure for the majority of arthritic conditions, the research is very clear on one thing:

Use it or lose it !!  Rest can make pain and other symptoms much worse.

The objective is to get you moving!  Of course, the initial problem is the pain that stopped you from moving in the first place.

Therefore, initially we will use a variety of techniques to decrease the stiffness and pain in/and around your joint. Sometimes (depending on the affected joint) we use Shockwave therapy to improve the mobility and reduce pain. Our own experience and available research show very good results achieved on knee joint.

Once the pain is reduced, we will get you gradually back to activities. Exercise is crucial for the strength of the surrounding muscles and the lubrication of your joints.

The worse possible option is doing nothing !!

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