Arthritis Treatment

Arthritis is an umbrella term for acute or chronic conditions that affect the joints of the body with pain ranging from mild to severe.

At Vitalis Physiotherapy, our specialised treatment aims to:

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. It can affect one joint or multiple joints. It refers to over 100 different conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system.
These include:

  • Degenerative disease
  • Post traumatic arthritis
  • Spondyloarthritis
  • Auto-immune or auto-inflammatory processes
  • Crystal deposition
  • Infection
  • Idiopathic

Arthritis is a common condition affecting almost 4 million Australians which is about 15% of the population.

Osteoarthritis is the most common type, other common types including rheumatoid, psoriatic, and gout. Osteoarthritis usually develops after 50 or 60 years of age, but may occur earlier. It also tends to be more prevalent in individuals who are overweight. The typical age for developing rheumatoid arthritis is between ages 30 and 50. It can, however, affect children, teens, and younger adults.

Arthritis has no cure but its symptoms can be managed with exercise, weight loss, lifestyle changes and appropriate medication.

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What are the causes of arthritis?

Unfortunately, the causes of many types or arthritis are not known. It is suspected that most forms are caused by issues associated with the immune system; resulting in the body attacking its own tissues in the joints.
Other forms may be caused by metabolic issues, such as those associated with gout. Arthritis may also be inherited.

Furthermore, environmental factors may also contribute to the development of some types of arthritis. These factors include, but are not limited to:

  • Obesity, which adds strain to the joints
  • Activities that involve repeated movements to the joint
  • Previous injury to the joint

You also have an increased risk of developing this condition if you are a smoker and don’t participate in enough physical activity.

Lastly, arthritis may also be caused by an infection, this is called ‘reactive arthritis’. This particular branch is difficult to diagnose, and can develop at any age, however, is most common in younger populations. Reactive arthritis can last between a few weeks up to 6 months. Examples of conditions that can cause reactive arthritis include: systemic lupus erythematosus, psoriasis and Lyme disease.

What are the symptoms?

  • Pain
  • Swelling, redness and warmth in a joint
  • Stiffness or reduced movement of a joint

Your symptoms may feel worse in the morning or with moving after an extended period of rest.

Certain types of arthritis can have symptoms not directly related to your joints:

  • Fatigue
  • Scaly, itchy skin
  • Changes to finger and toe nails
  • Rashes
  • Fever
  • Weight loss
  • Hair loss in spots or around the hairline
Reducing Muscle Tension

Treatment for arthritis

What can I do at home?

  • Staying physically active
  • Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight
  • Getting regular check-ups with the doctor
  • Protecting joints from unnecessary stress
  • Adding exercises in your daily routine as approved by your physiotherapist
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How to book an appointment?

If you think you have arthritis, or are looking for a physiotherapist near me, the team at Vitalis Physiotherapy can assess your condition to tailor a unique rehabilitation plan to aid in your pain relief and recovery.

All you need to do is just give us a call on 0410 559 856 and request an initial appointment. Please let our friendly reception staff know the background and severity of your condition.

You can visit our FAQs for more information about appointments at Vitalis Physiotherapy.

Need Help?

Are you in pain caused by arthritis? Contact Vitalis Physiotherapy now to book in your treatment.

Call our friendly team on 0410 559 856. We’d love to help.

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