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Physiotherapy for arthritis – how we can help?

There are hundreds of different types of arthritis and related conditions. With Osteoarthritis (OA), the joints show signs of wear and tear, as we get older. Osteoarthritis affects your cartilage, the protective tissue on the ends of your bones that allows them to move smoothly against one another at your joints. Imagine that cartilage is the sole at the end of your shoe. It wears away over time and becomes less of a shock absorber. This happens in our joints where the cartilage breaks down and your joint protection is reduced.

Unlike osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune problem where the body’s immune system breaks down and attacks it’s own joints. Whereas osteoarthritis usually begins in one joint, rheumatoid arthritis usually affects several joints at a time. You may find that arthritis symptoms include your joints becoming painful when you move, you may have joint swelling and restricted movement. With rheumatoid arthritis in particular, your joints may be hot to the touch. This may affect the way you walk and your day-to-day activities.

Most types of arthritis are caused by many factors acting together. According to Arthritis Research UK, you may naturally be more likely to develop certain disorders as a result of your genetic make-up. If there’s a history of arthritis in your family, it’s more likely that you will develop it.

Osteoarthritis is somewhat different, in that although science has not been able to reveal the exact cause of it, there are external factors such as previous injury of a particular joint or infection that could increase you’re susceptibility to the condition. As well as this, the sort of lifestyle that you lead can affect your joints. For example being overweight applies more pressure to your weight bearing joints such as your hips and knees, which can increase the risk of developing arthritis. A physically demanding job can increase your risk by your joints having to cope with daily heavy repetitive movement.

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We are a dedicated team of Chartered Physiotherapists working exclusively in your home and providing the highest level of care. We recognise the importance of knowing that you are in safe hands and being looked after. With this is mind, our client management team are here to assist you every step of the way and will answer any questions you may have. We are passionate about helping you to reach your goals, relieve your pain, and improve your mobility.

The benefits of using our service include:

  • All our physiotherapists are hand-picked professionals with years of experience
  • We are registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). All our physiotherapists are checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 
  • We will arrange visits in your own home (or care home or place of work) at a convenient time to you
  • We work at speed and do not have a waiting list
  • We offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments
  • Our team work closely with the country’s leading consultants and specialists in their field
  • You will always have the same physiotherapist visiting you at home
  • You can have as may visits as you require
  • Our fixed pricing structure can be provided in writing so that you can consider it in your own time
  • We believe there is no “one size fits all” approach to care. Your personalised programme and treatment strategy will be unique to you