How Does Physiotherapy Reduce the Pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis?
People do not often associate physiotherapy with rheumatoid arthritis treatment, but physiotherapy can actually be an effective way of managing and reducing arthritis pain. There are a few key ways that your physiotherapist can help you with your rheumatoid arthritis.
A physiotherapist is a trained and specialized professional who is able to accurately assess and diagnose your joints. This process will involve your physiotherapist physically examining the joints, having you undergo some simple movements and tests, and interviewing you and asking you questions.
Once a proper assessment has been made, a specialized treatment program will be developed that focuses on your needs and goals for treatment. Often with rheumatoid arthritis, this is focused on managing pain, reducing swelling, and improving function and range of motion.
As part of your program, there will often also be treatment suggestions that you are able to continue to focus on at home. This can include ice and heat packs to soothe and relax muscles, using a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation machine to also soothe muscles, and possibly splinting painful joints to help reduce pain. In addition, your physiotherapist can monitor for what may appear to be potential side effects from medications – since you see your physiotherapist more often than your rheumatologist, this can be key in keeping your health on track.
Rheumatoid arthritis treatment with a physiotherapist will not reduce pain overnight, but with gradual and continual exercises, overtime the joint will become stronger, allowing for increased use with reduced pain levels. Working with a physiotherapist will allow you to set goals to work toward, and work at a pace that will result in reduced pain, ensuring that you do not overdo it, or lose focus.
If you have been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, consider asking your rheumatologist or GP about physiotherapy, or visit Advanced Physio today.