Arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation and pain in the joints. Physiotherapy can be an effective way to manage the symptoms of arthritis and improve joint function. Treatment may include:
- Exercise: Gentle, low-impact exercises such as walking, swimming, and cycling can help to improve joint mobility and reduce pain.
- Manual therapy: Techniques such as massage and joint mobilization can help to reduce pain and improve joint movement.
- Electrical stimulation: The use of low-level electrical currents can help to reduce pain and inflammation.
- TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation): A device that delivers small electrical impulses through the skin to the nerves to help reduce pain.
- Heat and cold therapy: Applying heat or cold to the affected joints can help to reduce pain and improve joint function.
It is important to work with a physiotherapist to develop an individualised treatment plan that is appropriate for your specific needs and condition.