Arthritis: How Physiotherapy Can Help
Updated: Mar 2
Those suffering from arthritis know the feeling of joint pain, swelling and stiffness. Physiotherapy treatments will vary depending upon the type of arthritis. However, the main goals of arthritis treatments are to reduce symptoms and improve overall quality of life.
Fortunately, our physiotherapy team, led by Patrick Embley, can help you manage the pain and inflammation of arthritis. Patrick has extensive experience in the field of arthritis/rheumatology and orthopedics. Patrick worked for over 13+ years at the Mary Pack Arthritis Program - VGH. At the Mary Pack Arthritis Program Patrick was heavily involved in the clinical treatment of many of the different arthritis conditions deemed appropriate for physiotherapy interventions. He worked primarily with the adult population with arthritis conditions but also did some work at BC Children's Hospital for the pediatric rheumatology program. He was also involved in a few different studies with rheumatologists and pharmacists involving clients with osteoarthritis of the knee. Patrick continues to work with rheumatologists and family physicians in the Lower Mainland in the care of their patients who have rheumatological conditions.
Because arthritis affects everyone differently your physiotherapy session will be tailored to meet your individual needs based on your degree of pain, the amount of swelling and discomfort you are experiencing in your joints as well as the strength, flexibility and range of motion we note in both your healthy and arthritic joints.
Based on our assessment, we will design a program to help you:
Maintain or Increase Joint Range of Motion
Physical therapy can improve your ability to bend and straighten a joint. Even small improvements in a joint’s range of motion can make a difference in joint function. For example, improving the bend of an arthritic knee may allow you to get in and out of low chairs easily.
Strengthen the Muscles that Support an Arthritic Joint
Functional muscle strengthening can help improve the stability of your arthritic joint.
Unfortunately, clients with arthritis often show signs of impaired balance due to muscle weakness, decreased joint function and decreased mobility. In addition to muscle strengthening exercises, we may incorporate balance components into your treatment plan.
It’s simple. Good posture can take stress off arthritic joints. Simple changes can help ease pain and make your daily routine easier.
Guidance for the Use of Assistive Devices
Depending on the severity of your condition, you may be using an assistive device such as a cane, walker or crutches. Our physiotherapists will work with you to ensure your device is properly fitted and provide tips and tricks to guide you when using your assistive device.
Ready to improve your quality of life? Book your session at Advanced Physiotherapy today.