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Arthritis and You
What is Arthritis?Arthritis is a general term referring to degeneration or wearing out of your joints. There are a few different types of arthritis but the 2 most commonly occurring ones are Osteoarthritis (wearing out of the joint surface) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (inflammation and often deformity in the joints).
What is affected with Arthitis?The joint surface or ‘articular cartilage’ which acts as a very strong protection for your bones is mainly effected with Osteoarthritis. The joints most often effected are the weight bearing joints (hips, knees, ankles) but it can also appear in upper limb joints. In Rheumatoid Arthritis, the soft tissue surrounding the joint is often first effected leading to an unstable joint. It often effects the Hands, Fingers, Knees, Ankles and feet but can effect other joints.
What are my options for management?The management of both kinds of Arthritis is quite different from medical perspective and there is evidence that a proactive plan is integral in the long term outcome of Arthritis.
- Exercise/Strengthening (yes you can strengthen an Arthritic joint!).
- Achieving a good BMI ( body Mass Index) to reduce the stress on your joints.
- Assessment of your walking to improve your joint alignment. Our Podiatrists at The Sports Injury Clinic are trained in giving footwear advice and assisting in correcting your walking style.
- Your joints.
- Pilates for Arthritis. Learn how to use your core and hip muscles to help reduce the pressure in your joints.
What if I need a Joint Replacement?The Sports Injury Clinic works very closely with your Surgeon to prepare you for the best possible outcome from Joint Replacement Surgery. It is important to recognize that your muscles do not automatically return after surgery and preparing them prior to surgery has been show in improve your ability to perform your exercise program after surgery, as well as get you moving sooner.
Contact us now for professional advice or to make an appointment regarding your arthritis.