Living with arthritis can be difficult. Here at Brentwood Physiotherapy Clinic we don’t believe that should be the case. We want to help you find an arthritis cure.
How can you find an arthritis cure?
First step is identifying where the arthritis pain is located, most commonly in wrists, fingers, knees and ankles. Next, our physiotherapists will find ways to ease your pain and give you exercises to manage your condition. Our goal is to limit pain as much as possible and make sure you live a healthy and fulfilling life. There are a lot of arthritis myths out there, make sure you have the correct information. We look forward to getting your call! Reach Brentwood Physiotherapy at 403.282.8050
Common Arthritis FAQs We will leave you today with more information on Arthritis courtesy of Physiotherapy Alberta. Learn what you can about your condition and we will fill in the blanks! Find an arthritis cure and visit us at North Hill Mall just off 16th ave NW.
What is arthritis?
Arthritic conditions are divided into OA and inflammatory arthritis. OA is a “progressive joint disease that occurs when damaged joint tissues lose their normal ability to repair themselves, leading to a breakdown of cartilage and bone” RA is the most common of the inflammatory types of arthritis, which are associated with joint inflammation, pain and stiffness, as well as chronic systemic inflammation, fatigue and an increased risk of mortality.
What causes arthritis?
There is no single cause of arthritis. Typically a combination of risk factors lead to joint changes and impairment. Risk factors for OA include injuries, obesity, age and family history. RA is an autoimmune disease that only occurs in those with both a genetic predisposition and a trigger to activate the autoimmune response that leads to joint inflammation, pain and dysfunction. The ‘trigger’ that activates RA is unknown.
Can I avoid arthritis?
When it comes to RA, the best thing you can do is to see your doctor if you develop joint pain and follow up diligently with any treatment recommendations or specialist referrals. Early diagnosis and treatment are especially important for inflammatory arthritis such as RA. Some research indicates modest healing of bone damage can occur with treatment using anti-rheumatic drugs and treatment “has important effects on disability. Patients who delay seeking specialist advice often develop severe disability.”
Whether you have OA or RA, maintaining a healthy body weight will decrease the stress placed on your joints and help to manage your symptoms. Becoming active can help to control body weight and moving joints through their available range of movement can help to keep them healthy and prevent stiffness. Increasing muscle strength can decrease the disability often faced by those with RA.
Use common sense to avoid injury while being active to help you to avoid OA and help limit the joint damage of RA.
Get treatment from our Brentwood physiotherapists for your arthritis. We have another arthritis Brentwood Physiotherapy Clinic post about arthritis myths, read it here. Visit us at North Hill mall in the Professional Offices at 1632 14 ave NW (Brentwood Physio). Right near Lions Park train station in the professional offices.