Pain Relief For Arthritis Kitchener, Waterloo & Elmira, ON

Arthritis

The two types of arthritis that typically result in arthritic pain are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is common for those over age 60, but it can also be the result of injury, poor mechanics and overuse. This type of arthritis is characterized by a breakdown of cartilage which lie between joints. It is cartilage that is responsible for distributing forces and lubricating joints. When you don’t have enough of it, the bones rub together and cause pain. Bone fragments can also break off and bone spurs can grow. The spine, knees, hips and hands are the common sites for osteoarthritis. In addition to pain, there’s a decrease in flexibility, and an increase in stiffness and tenderness.

Rheumatoid arthritis is when the body attacks itself; it’s an autoimmune disease. The lining of the joints gradually becomes inflamed. Symptoms include stiffness, tenderness, inflammation, swelling and pain. Rheumatoid arthritis is often found in the feet, wrists and hands. However, if it isn’t properly treated, it can spread to other areas like the knees and hips. Other symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include fever, weight loss, decreased appetite and continual exhaustion. Physiotherapy can help both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Physiotherapy for Arthritis Pain

Active Modalities

While there’s no cure for osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, physiotherapy can help you manage the symptoms of these afflictions. As a matter of fact, research has shown that physiotherapy benefits patients in the short term and long term. Physiotherapy consists of both active and passive modalities for treatment. Your physiotherapist will do a full assessment of your condition, review goals with you and develop a specific treatment plan to meet your individual needs. A tailored therapeutic exercise program helps with mobility, strength and pain. There may even be high-intensity exercises. If you suffer from hip pain, an exercise plan will address all impairments surrounding the hip that may be contributing to control, mechanics and mobility. You learn how to lift, squat and carry objects with less pain. All around, daily functional tasks are much easier. There are also manual therapy techniques for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. For example, soft tissue and joint mobilizations are very effective for those who suffer from arthritis pain.

Passive Modalities

The passive modalities in physiotherapy to treat pain from arthritis are:

  • Acupuncture
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
    • TENS can greatly help reduce pain from arthritis. Electrodes are places to trick the brain into feeling no pain. Electrical stimulation reduces pain, muscle spasm, inflammation and soft tissue edema. Ultrasound is a deep heating modality that helps the tissues of deep joints. It helps with inflammation, pain and improves connective tissue. Superficial heat goes deep into the tissues and reduces swelling and inflammation. Cryotherapy or ice packs are also effective for arthritic pain. It’s helpful for swelling, pain and reducing local metabolism. Often, these passive physiotherapy treatments are an adjunct to active physiotherapy treatments. All around, physiotherapy is a holistic approach to treating arthritis. You may not have to rely on those pain meds anymore.
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Ultrasound
  • Superficial heat
  • Cryotherapy or ice packs

No one wants to live in pain. It limits your activities, and it just plain hurts. Take action. Are you suffering from arthritis pain? Don’t wait a minute longer. Contact Us at Kitchener, Waterloo & Elmira, ON Centers to schedule a one-on-one consultation and comprehensive assessment of your condition. Let our certified and skilled physiotherapists help you reduce pain from your arthritis and live a better lifestyle. We’re committed to your wellness. We’ve helped many others who suffer from arthritis and can help you too.

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  • BELMONT CLINIC

    Belmont Centre for Physical Medicine
    564 Belmont Avenue West, Suite 301
    Kitchener, Ontario N2M 5N6

    Phone : (519) 743-4355 Fax : (519) 743-6787 belmont@sosphysiotherapy.ca

  • ELMIRA CLINIC

    Behind Wellness Centre ( Clock Tower )
    3 Wyatt Street East, Suite 2
    Elmira, Ontario N3B 2H4

    Phone : (519) 669-1212 Fax : (519) 669-0800 elmira@sosphysiotherapy.ca

  • CAMPUS CLINIC

    University of Waterloo Student Life Centre
    200 University Avenue West
    Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1

    Phone : (519) 884-0767 Fax : (519) 884-9161 campus@sosphysiotherapy.ca