Can Physiotherapy Help Arthritis in the Shoulder?

May 31st, 2019 | in Physiotherapy for Arthritis

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Can Physiotherapy Help Arthritis in the Shoulder?
Answer: Yes, physiotherapy can be beneficial for arthritis in the shoulder. Here’s why.

Physiotherapy is an important treatment for arthritis. Arthritis is inflammation of joints. There are many types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and each of these has different causes and treatment options. Fortunately, arthritis in the shoulder can be helped with regular visits to a physiotherapist.

Physiotherapy for arthritis works to relieve shoulder pain with targeted exercises and routines that help reduce swelling and inflammation. Specialized physiotherapist are able to work with patients to develop a program of specific exercises which help arthritis in the shoulder.

A physiotherapist will first assess the joint to determine the severity, as well as ask you many questions. This information lets them adapt the treatment plan to specifically meet your needs. The physiotherapist will assist with these exercises during each visit, but also provide exercises for you to do at home. Following this regime carefully is important for full results.

When first staring out, your physiotherapist will start slow and gradually increase duration and intensity of the exercises. By being vigilant and staying active, you will find over time that these get easier and with the support of your physiotherapist, you are able to ramp up the intensity.

Your physiotherapist may also suggest other modalities or interventions that can assist with reducing inflammation and managing shoulder pain. This can be regular icing and heating, IMS (dry needling to relieve tight muscles), a splint during particularly painful flare ups, laser treatments (to help reduce inflammation), or even electrical nerve stimulation to target muscles deep and relax them. You may also be recommended to seek out massage visits in between physiotherapy appointments.

Physiotherapy is not an overnight solution, but through regular visits, and doing your part at home, you can reduce shoulder pain from shoulder arthritis. If you have yet to get started, contact your physiotherapist at Advanced Physiotherapy today.

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