Arthritis Physiotherapy Specialists
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is the term for a group of conditions that damage joints, causing pain, stiffness and reduced mobility. It affects 34% of Albertans and one in six Canadians. Arthritis does not discriminate, it can affect children, adults, athletes and the elderly. Severe cases of arthritis can result in chronic pain, causing patients to have difficulty in performing the simplest of activities.
The primary symptom of arthritis is joint pain that is brought on or increased during physical activity. Arthritis is unique in the sense that flare ups can be associated with changes in weather and mood. Other common symptoms of arthritis include stiffness and swelling which can become easily identified by a visual inspection. Sometimes patients may also feel a grinding sensation in their joints, this is less common but it is attributed to arthritis wearing down the cartilage between the bones in the affected joints.
4 of the most common symptoms of arthritis:
- Joint pain
- Joint stiffness
- Joint deformity
- Joint swelling
What causes Arthritis?
There are many different types of arthritis, the two most common of which are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear on the joints, which causes the surrounding cartilage to deteriorate. Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is an autoimmune disorder. In this case, the bodies immune system attacks the body’s synovium, which acts as a lubricate for the joints. When the synovium wears down, the bone and cartilage both become damaged.
Genetics can play a large role in the underlying cause of arthritis, however, here is a list of the 5 most common causes of arthritis:
- Wear and tear of the cartilage
- Autoimmune disorders
- Old age
- Existing joint damage
Physiotherapy for Arthritis
Our physiotherapists have extensive experience treating patients suffering from arthritis. With over 25years of working alongside rheumatologists and other healthcare professionals, our physiotherapists are proud to be the primary referral for the majority of rheumatologists in Calgary. This experience has given our team of physiotherapist, specializing in arthritis, a deep understanding at assessing how arthritis affects joint movement, muscle strength and physical function. We utilize the latest evidence based research to create specific exercises targeted at improving joint mobility, increasing muscle strength and improving function.
Your First Visit to Physiotherapy
Your first visit to Brentwood Physiotherapy Calgary involves a thorough assessment. Our physiotherapist specializing in the treatment of rheumatoid, psoriatic and osteoarthritis arthritis will look at how your condition is affecting you in terms of pain and stiffness. A detailed objective evaluation assessing joint range of motion and muscle strengthen will be performed. We utilize a functional activity assessment and various other objective measure to create a personalized treatment plan specific to the management of arthritis.
Having a diagnosis of arthritis does not mean you need to be accustomed to living with chronic pain and stiffness. Physiotherapy is a very effective way for you to take back control, increase your joint mobility and reduce your pain. We will help you get back to normal, whatever your normal is.