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Arthritis

Are you experiencing any of the following?

  • Pain in your joints
  • Stiffness of your joints
  • Decreased movements in your joint
  • Redness, swelling and warmth of a joint
  • Decreased strength in your muscles

We can help! In Australia, 1 in 6 people have arthritis. Arthritis is an umbrella term for a group of conditions affecting joints in the body. It results in inflammation which causes pain, stiffness and over time de-conditioning of muscles. The more common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and ankylosing spondylitis.

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Treatment

Research indicates that physiotherapy techniques are effective in reducing the symptoms associated with arthritis and preventing future problems that can result in the need for surgery.

Treatment techniques are aimed at improving:

  • Pain and swelling
  • Mobility
  • Flexibility
  • Muscle strength and power

Treatment techniques include soft tissue massage, muscle therapy, joint mobilisation and dry needling in conjunction with a specific exercise program. Many people with arthritis are anxious or fearful about exercising as they feel like they are causing damage to the joints or it is too painful. However research has shown that people with arthritis can participate in regular exercise without causing joint damage or worsening of symptoms. Body Rhythm Physiotherapy will tailor exercise programs according to your pain levels, preferences and goals. We are passionate about helping you perform daily activities with greater ease.

Extra resources and information booklets

www.arthritiswa.org.au

www.arthritisaustralia.com.au