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Can Physiotherapy Help Arthritis?

Arthritis can be a debilitating condition, causing pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility that may affect your daily life. But there’s hope on the horizon, and it comes in the form of physiotherapy. At Advanced Physiotherapy in White Rock, we’re dedicated to helping our patients find relief and regain control of their lives. Let’s explore how physiotherapy can be a game-changer for those living with arthritis.

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Understanding Arthritis and Its Impact

Arthritis isn’t just one condition; it’s a term that covers over 100 different joint disorders. The most common types, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, affect millions worldwide. These conditions can lead to chronic joint pain, swelling, and a significant decrease in quality of life.

The Role of Physiotherapy in Arthritis Management

Physiotherapy is a promising treatment option for arthritis. It’s not just about exercises; it’s a holistic approach to managing symptoms, increasing mobility, and improving physical function.

Customized Care for Your Unique Needs

Most people with arthritis will benefit from physiotherapy treatment sessions. Because arthritis affects everyone differently our 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. We will create a customized stretching and exercise plan that helps:

  • Ease pain

  • Increase your range of motion

  • Improve movement patterns

  • Improve mobility and restore the use of affected joints

  • Increase your strength to support your joints

  • Preserve your ability to perform daily tasks

The Evidence: How Effective Is Physiotherapy for Arthritis?

Research supports the effectiveness of physiotherapy for arthritis. A 2020 study found that physical therapy was more effective than steroid injections at reducing pain and functional disability in people with knee osteoarthritis. Consistent exercise routines have also been shown to decrease fatigue, and boost cardio fitness.

Making Physiotherapy Work for You

We believe in empowering our patients. Here’s how you can make the most out of your physiotherapy sessions:

  • Commit to the Process: Consistency is key. Stick to your treatment plan and attend all scheduled appointments.

  • Exercise Safely: Learn the right way to exercise to prevent injury and align your body.

  • Communicate: Keep your physiotherapist informed about your pain levels and any concerns you might have.

  • Take the First Step Towards Better Joint Health

We’re committed to providing the highest quality care to our patients. Our team, under the leadership of Patrick Embley, is here to guide you through every step of your treatment. Don’t let arthritis hold you back any longer. Reach out to us, and let’s start managing your arthritis effectively. Remember, you’re not alone in the fight against arthritis. With the right support and treatment, you can take back control and live life to the fullest.


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