Arthritis is a name for a group of conditions affecting the joints. It affects around 1 in 5 people in the community, and although it is associated with getting older, the majority of people with arthritis are aged between 15 and 60 years. Arthritic conditions cause damage to the joints, usually resulting in pain and stiffness. They can affect many different parts of the joint and nearly every joint in the body. Arthritis can be disabling because of restricted mobility from severe joint pain.
There are many different forms of arthritis and each type affects a person’s joints in different ways. The most common forms of arthritis are:
- rheumatoid arthritis
- ankylosing spondylitis
Arthritis can result from injury, infection, accumulated wear, degenerative changes, metabolic disturbances, autoimmunity or other causes. Children can also develop arthritis in a number of forms, which together are grouped under the name juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
Important Things to Know
- The treatment of arthritis and related chronic pain conditions is a core function of physiotherapy, and the physiotherapists at PhysioFit are well trained and experienced in treating arthritic conditions.
- People with arthritis may benefit from physiotherapy treatment or services such as joint mobilisation, electrotherapy, hydrotherapy, and muscle strengthening exercises.
- Physiotherapy can reduce arthritic pain and reliance on drug therapy.
- Although arthritis is a chronic disease and there is no known cure, treatments and management techniques can help control and reduce symptoms and prevent further deterioration, and may also aid in the prevention of flare-ups.
For more information about Arthritis, including support services, courses, seminars and upcoming events for those with Arthritis, please see the Arthritis Victoria website.