Arthritis is a general term that covers many different conditions affecting bones muscles and joints all over the body. Most people recognise the two most common types, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. However, there are many others such as ankylosing spondylitis, fibromyalgia and gout.
Whatever type you may have, whether it is a degenerative condition or an inflammatory one, the common symptom that patients experience is pain.
Arthritis suffers commonly report hand pain, neck pain, hip pain and back pain. Not just in the areas where the arthritis is, but in other joints as well. This is because arthritis causes reduced mobility, which in turn causes patients to move differently and impacts the rest of their body.
But although there is no known cure for arthritis, that doesn’t mean that there is nothing that can be done.
Our Osteopaths are experts in helping arthritis patients to reduce their symptoms and help manage their conditions.
When you first visit your Osteopath, we’ll talk to you about your symptoms and ask you about your lifestyle. This helps your Osteopath build a picture of your condition and how it has impacted you. They’ll also conduct a full examination, looking at how you move. They’ll use touch to identify areas of weakness or strain in your joints and through your whole body.
Patient Centre Treatment
Our treatment and advice are patient centred. That means that every person’s treatment will be different, depending on their needs. It will usually encompass physical therapy, where we combine massage and manipulation to:
- Reduce strain
- Relax muscles and joints
- Increase mobility and blood flow
We will also talk to you about how you can manage the condition at home. This advice will depend on your individual circumstance but may include:
- Exercises you can do at home, on your own or with support
- Movement techniques e.g. how to stand, sit down or turn over in a way that protects your joints
- Fall prevention techniques
- Dietary advice, if it is a factor in your arthritis
Aches and pains are part of the natural process of aging, but ones that you don’t have to put up with.
If you would like to arrange a free 15 minute consultation with one of our experienced team, please get in touch by calling us on 01462 490141, emailing us on [email protected] or by popping into our Baldock clinic.