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The role of physiotherapy in preventing and managing arthritis. By Amanda Rusis BScPT

Arthritis is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by
inflammation in the joints, which can lead to pain, stiffness and limited mobility. While there is no cure for this condition, physiotherapy can play a crucial role in managing and preventing arthritis. In this blog post, we will explore how physiotherapy can help individuals who are living with arthritis and how it can
help prevent the onset of this condition.

One of the main goals of physiotherapy for arthritis is to help individuals maintain and improve their mobility, flexibility and strength. Physiotherapists can work with individuals to develop a personalised
treatment plan. This may include exercises to improve range of motion, strength, and endurance.
Specific exercises can help to strengthen the muscles around the affected joints, to reduce stress on the joints. Manual therapy, such as joint mobilization, can also be used to reduce pain and stiffness.
Physiotherapists can also teach individuals how to use assistive devices, such as canes and walkers to help them get around more easily.

Another way that physiotherapy can help people living with arthritis is by helping them to manage their pain. Physiotherapists can use variety of techniques to help reduce pain including heat and cold therapy, electrical stimulation, pain education and relaxation techniques. They can provide guidance and education to help you manage pain on your own.

In addition, physiotherapy can also play a huge role in preventing the onset of this condition. Regular exercise and physical activity can help to reduce the risk of developing arthritis. Physiotherapists work
with individuals to develop an exercise program that is safe and effective and can help them to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Physiotherapists can also teach you sound body mechanics for daily activities. Inefficient body mechanics can put extra stress on joints which, in some cases, can increase the risk of developing arthritis.

Physiotherapy also plays a significant role in managing and preventing the progression of arthritis. By improving joint mobility and strength, physiotherapy can improve the quality of life. If you are suffering
with arthritis, consider booking an appointment with one of our ProActive physiotherapists, who can develop a treatment plan to help you improve your strength, function and overall well-being. They will provide the support and guidance needed to help you manage this condition. For more information or to book an appointment, connect with us at ProActive Rehab, 705 788 1480 or
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