Polychondritis Treatment

Polychondritis is a rare disease where cartilage in the body becomes inflamed, it most commonly affects the ears, nose and the airways of the lungs.


At Vitalis Physiotherapy, our specialised treatment aims to:

What is Polychondritis?

Polychondritis is recurrent swelling and inflammation of cartilage and other tissues throughout the body, occurring most often in people in their 50s-60s. Cartilage is a tough but flexible tissue that covers the ends of bones at a joint and gives shape and support to other parts of the body. The disease most commonly affects the cartilage of the ears, nose and the airways of the lungs.

Polychondritis is a chronic condition, however, medications can reduce the severity of symptoms. Since the disease is so rare, there is no single best treatment; treatment depends on what parts of the body is affected and the severity of symptoms. Physiotherapy can help manage the symptoms and maintain strength of the body through the duration of the condition.

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What are the causes?

Unfortunately, the cause of polychondritis is not known. It has been suggested that this condition is an autoimmune disease caused by a viral infection.

What are the symptoms of Accessory Navicular Syndrome?

Polychondritis is a body-wide illness. Common symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Red, swollen, painful ears, hearing loss, dizziness
  • Ears that are “floppy,” i.e. they are softer than normal
  • Inflammation over the bridge of the nose, nasal congestion
  • Shortness of breath, cough, and a high-pitched sound during breathing

More rarely: eye inflammation, leaky heart valves, kidney disease, neurological problems, rash


Treatment for Accessory Navicular Syndrome

  • Shockwave Therapy
  • Personalised treatment plan
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Range of movement exercises
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Patient education

Other common treatments for this condition are immunosuppressants and corticosteroids.

How to book an appointment?

If you think that you may be suffering from Polychondritis, or you’re looking for a ‘physiotherapist near me’, our team at Vitalis Physiotherapy can assess and diagnose the condition. They will then tailor your treatment 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 suffering from painful Polychondritis? 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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