Arthritis Treatment in Peterborough
Arthritis is an umbrella term for a range on conditions including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Its is the leading cause of disability in people aged over 35. There are 3 main types of arthritis with the most common being osteoarthritis. Each one of these types has a different cause and is treated differently. Physiotherapy can help with all 3 of these conditions.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It is a condition where the cartilage of a joint begins to wear down. The inflammation of the joints leads to pain and other related problems. The cartilage in your joints helps cushion the bones and prevent excessive friction. The wearing of the cartilage can lead to pain especially when bearing weight through the joint when walking. This can lead to reduced activity levels and muscle loss.
Osteoarthritis is a condition which takes time to develop. Its name comes from the greek word 'osteo' meaning bone, 'artho' meaning joint and 'itis' meaning inflammation. Many people may have osteoarthritis but do not suffer with inflammation. This means they not actually have any pain or symptoms. To confirm our diagnosis we can get your GP to perform and x-ray.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition. This is where your body attacks your joint cartilage causing it to wear down. Many people with this form of arthritis have flare ups where they experience increased pain and disability for a period of time. During these flare ups they notice other symptoms including fever and fatigue.
Early diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis is essential to prevent excessive joint damage and dysfunction. Women are at higher risk of developing it, along with smokers and those with a family history of rheumatoid arthritis. Blood tests and x-rays can help diagnosis.
Psoriatic arthritis affects people with the skin condition psoriasis. 1 in 3 people with psoriasis will also have psoriatic arthritis. It tends to develop 5-10 years after psoriasis if first diagnosed. It is also common to have flare ups with this form of arthritis. Blood tests and x-rays can help diagnosis.
How Can You Benefit From Arthritis Treatment?
Other forms of arthritis
There are a few rarer forms of arthritis. Septic arthritis is a medical emergency where a joint becomes infected and appears red, swollen and painful to touch. Gout arthritis is a condition related to people who suffer from gout.
Our physiotherapists are experts in treating these conditions and can help you get back to the activities you want to do. With over 9 million people in the UK with arthritis it is a condition which can be managed effectively with arthritis.
Our physiotherapists follow National Institute of Care and Excellence guidelines in providing your arthritis treatment.
Why Choose Showler Physiotherapy For Your Arthritis?
Trusted For Over 20 Years
We have operated for over 20 years and have grown due to our unbeatable customer service.
Chartered Clinicians and Fully Insured
All of our clinicians have CSP and HCPC status making them highly qualified and insured to assess and treat you. This means you are in safe hands.
We get results. We work with our patients giving them clear diagnosis and setting clear treatment goals to get great outcomes.