Arthritis is inflammation of a joint. Although joint inflammation is a symptom rather than a specific diagnosis, arthritis is often used to refer to any disorder that affects joints. There are more than 200 types of arthritis and related conditions; the most common arthritis conditions are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It is common in adults 65 and older, but it can affect people of all ages.
In osteoarthritis, the joints will show signs of wear and tear, which increases as time goes by. In rheumatoid arthritis, the body’s immune system attacks the joints, which can become red and swollen if not treated.
Symptoms & Causes of Arthritis
The symptoms of arthritis are:
Pain, redness, heat, and swelling in your joints
Trouble moving around
Rash or itch
The causes of arthritis are:
Some genes have been identified as contributing to rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, and osteoarthritis. People with osteoarthritis may have inherited cartilage weakness. Environmental factors—such as repeated joint injuries—may trigger the condition in people predisposed to it.
Treatment for Arthritis
Our physiotherapists at Fizo Kare Physiotherapy Centre will help to provide professional advice and education on how to manage the pain and condition on top of the treatments we will be providing on-site for pain relief. We will also customise the exercise programme according to the condition to improve joint movement and strengthen the muscles.
In addition, we can help ensure you walk properly and recover well after a joint operation such as total knee replacement (TKR) or total hip replacement (THR).