Arthritis and Rheumatism
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, progressive and disabling auto-immune disease. It is a painful condition, can cause severe disability (although this varies between individuals and depends on how severe/aggressive the disease is) and ultimately affects a person's ability to carry out everyday tasks. The disease can cause pain, swelling and damage to cartilage and bone around the joints. Any joint may be affected but it is commonly the hands, feet and wrists.
Physiotherapy can help in the treatment and management of this condition. Our physiotherapists will perform a thorough assessment before providing you with a tailored treatment plan in order to help improve your symptoms.
Up to 90% of people with rheumatoid arthritis report associated foot problems. Therefore podiatry also has a role to play in the management of this condition. Our podiatrists will perform a thorough assessment and can help to reduce foot pain, maintain/improve foot function and mobility whilst protecting skin and other tissues from damage.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It usually develops gradually over time. Several joints can be affected but it is most frequently seen in the hands, knees, hips, feet and spine. Osteoarthritis develops when changes in cartilage occur that affect how the joint works.
Physiotherapy can help to relieve symptoms of pain and stiffness by providing you with exercises to strengthen your muscles.