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The Independent Physiotherapy Service - Arthritis and Tendonitis
Arthritis and Tendonitis | Physiotherapy | Physiotherapists | Treatments | Cardiff | Newport | Bridgend | Scotland
There are many different forms of Arthritis affecting both adults and children. The two most common forms of Arthritis are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a condition which causes pain and compromises the function of the affected joints as a result of aging and general wear and tear. The smooth cartilage that takes the strain in a normal joint becomes rough, brittle and weak. To compensate, the bone beneath thickens and spreads out, forming knobbly outgrowths (Osteophytes). As Osteoarthritis gets worse, bits of cartilage may break away from the bone, causing the bone ends to rub together and the ligaments to become strained.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a common disease affecting about one in 100 people; although three times as many women are affected as men. Most people get fluctuating pain and stiffness that gets worse during flare-ups. Many people find that the condition gives them flu-like symptoms and makes them tired, irritable or depressed. Controlled rehabilitation exercises are proven to increase muscle strength and decrease patient disability without increasing pain. Acupuncture has been shown to help ease the pain of arthritic joints especially hands and knees. Our physiotherapists are experienced in using a combination of exercise (sometimes in hydrotherapy pools) and acupuncture to relieve the pain associated with both Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Tennis elbow, Golfer’s elbow, Jumper’s knee, shoulder ‘impingement’, Achilles tendonitis are all examples of tendonitis. They can be caused by overuse or can be a natural consequence of ageing and general tendon wear. Physiotherapy is extremely successful in easing the pain and dysfunction caused by the irritation/degeneration of the respective tendons. Our physiotherapists may use passive treatments (electrotherapy, acupuncture, specific types of massage), give practical advice regarding alteration of sporting technique and training pattern, advice on equipment and supports and also appropriate exercises.
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