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Health &Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

January 2018



Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

January 2018

Helping To Relieve Your Arthritis Pain


• Helping To Relieve Your Arthritis Pain

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When you experience an injury, dealing with the pain that comes as part of the aftermath is expected. While painful, most of the time when recovering from an injury you can find comfort in the knowledge that the pain is temporary. As your body heals and you go through the motions of building your muscle mass back and improving flexibility with physiotherapy, you know that in time you will feel like yourself again. This knowledge gives you something to work towards and helps the pain feel more manageable—even when it is intense, and never- fleeting. Arthritis pain is different. Arthritis doesn’t develop as a result of an injury, but instead develops over time as a result of chronic use, or even as a result of genetic disposition. This can make dealing with the pain of arthritis even more difficult to cope with, as it begs the question: if the pain is coming from inside the joint, is there anything I can actually do about it? Understanding Arthritis Pain Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic condition to affect the joints. Almost 30 million

adults in the United States struggle with the condition, and while it can influence anyone of any age, it most frequently develops among those who are most prone to overuse—those who are over the age of 65. Arthritis occurs when there is a breakdown of the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones. This cartilage is what allows the joints in the elbows, ankles, knees and hips to move with freedom. Without cartilage, the bones would rub against one another with each movement, and would cause extreme pain. As the cartilage breaks down, typically so does the bone, and as the shape of the joint changes, it becomes even more difficult for it to function smoothly. Furthermore, the ligaments and tendons around the joint will often stiffen and the muscles surrounding the joint will weaken, making it altogether more difficult and painful to move. While arthritis pain typically develops gradually, the realization of what you are dealing with can still come as a shock. In some circumstances the pain will appear more abruptly, especially when the pain develops in association with a change in weather or other environmental circumstance.


Turning to over-the-counter pain medications to cope with arthritis pain is ineffective as a long-term solution. While some of the medications may provide temporary relief, they will not help you overcome the pain for good. Physiotherapy, on the other hand, can provide actual relief from arthritis by helping to rebuild strength in the joints through targeted movements and flexibility exercises.   There is a lot of current research trying to understand what precisely causes arthritis to develop in some people, and not in others. Everyone uses their joints every day, and while it makes sense that so much pressure would cause pain to develop over time, it doesn’t explain why the pain develops when and where it does, and why it happens to some people and not to others. Anti-inflammation and Arthritis One leading form of arthritis treatment is with the use of anti-inflammatory medication. Certain types of arthritis develop as a result of a build-up of inflammation in the body. Specifically, the tendons and ligaments become inflamed as a result of an internal attack from the immune system, which is typically triggered by some combination of environmental factors. Avoiding certain foods and movements can reduce inflammation, and thereby reduce pain. Physiotherapy and Arthritis Physiotherapy is highly recommended for the treatment of arthritis

because it can strengthen and support the joints through guided practice of movement and strength-building exercises.Typically, the best activities for arthritis pain are low-impact activities. Working with a physical therapist is the best way to ensure that you are practicing the best techniques for overcoming your discomfort. There is a long list of home remedies that are said to help with arthritis pain as well, and there is some credibility to some of these concepts. For example, losing weight, exercising regularly, and making some dietary changes such as reducing caffeine and sugar consumption are said to help alleviate pain associated with arthritis. However, before you start making any changes to your lifestyle, it is best to consult with a physical therapist. For more information about how to rid your life of arthritis pain, contact us. HEALTHY RECIPE

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Doesn’t physiotherapy take too long to produce results? Well, it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. It tackles a range of conditions, from paralysis or weakness due to trauma, birth injury or stroke to chronic arthritis or post-surgery rehab. It takes various forms, which last for different lengths of time. However, in most common conditions, such as neck or back pain, or joint stiffness, improvement is felt and seen in a few sessions. If you are willing and committed to following up, you will experience the benefits sooner rather than later! Can physiotherapy fix everything? Well, not if a condition needs surgery, or if the damage is irreversible. However, if the symptoms are due to stiffness, weakness or soft tissuerestriction, thegentlygradedpassive and active movements of physiotherapy can haveamazing resultsonyourgeneralwellbeing and mobility! Would your body have healed itself with time, even without physiotherapy? The body heals itself quite marvelously, so some degree of recovery always occurs.

Physiotherapy is a specialized and useful mode of treatment, which helps recovery from neuromuscular injuries and joint conditions, among other health problems and complaints. Somepeople thinkofphysiotherapistsaseither drill sergeants or glorified exercise coaches. However, physiotherapists are highly trained professionals who have studied the design, structure, and function of bones, muscles, ligaments and joints in depth.This helps them accurately diagnose and treat conditions which restrict mobility and normal function, helping you heal better, faster and preventing recurrence of such injuries. So, does physiotherapy just mean exercise? No. Our trained physiotherapists assess the functional status of the whole patient. They then work out the treatment, which often includes exercises of various types to promote flexibility and strength. They help to recover useful function and sensation. They suggest necessary or helpful lifestyle modifications. Is physiotherapy painful? Well, pain reduces movement rather than easing it. In fact, the body does best when movements are challenging but not painful. We select exercises which increase flexibility and weight-bearing gradually, according to the improvement in your injured part.

However, when a painful or weakening conditionhasprogressed to involveother joints and muscles, you need help. In such cases, our friendly physiotherapists can play a critical role in restoring function and movement. “But it’s just massage!” Well, not exactly - though massage by an experienced physiotherapist does wonders in soothing and mobilizing painful and tight muscles or joints. However, they also use a spectrum of physical methods like heat or cold, ultrasound, infra-red, as well as joint mobilization, range-of-movement exercises, aquatic therapy,specializedsports injury rehab or post-surgical rehab programs to get you feeling useful and healthy again! And it’s not just for the old, or for sportspeople either! Physiotherapy can help anyone who finds movement painful or Physiotherapy can help anyone who finds movement painful or difficult or would like to be fit. There’s no reason why you need to bear the chronic pain. Whynotcallorvisitourcaringphysiotherapists at our nearby clinic, for a full assessment and a personalized treatment and care program? It could change your life!

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