Physical therapy or physiotherapy can be a key part of your treatment for arthritis. A physical therapy professional can help you work out the best ways to move safely and effectively. When your joints are extremely sore and stiff, your mobility can suffer. This is where physical therapy can be extremely helpful.
What Can Physical Therapy do for you?
Your physiotherapist will work with you to design a personal programme to help improve your movement and alleviate pain. The exercises they choose should help improve flexibility and strength and may also help with coordination and balance for improved mobility overall. Physical therapy may also:
- Help you to effectively use assistive devices such as canes and/or walkers
- Improve your posture and teach you how to move functionally for day-to-day life
- Lead to alternative treatment options for your pain such as hydrotherapy
- Lead to referral to occupational therapy for modifications to your home and workplace such as ergonomic furniture.
Why Consider Physical Therapy?
Some patients believe as their condition cannot be cured, what is the point in physical therapy? The answer here lies in ensuring you have the healthiest and most mobile life as possible. The more you can move and stay active with arthritis, the less stiff the joints often are. Remaining sedentary can be dangerous for arthritis patients as it allows the joints to seize up, become stiffer and the onset of the condition can increase in pace.
The right exercises can truly alleviate the stiffness around the joints and improve mobility. It is important to discuss any exercise with a professional physiotherapist. Different exercises suit different individuals and your physical therapy plan should be developed solely for you.
Additional Treatment and Referrals
Dr Stephanie Barrett provides medical treatment to people with arthritis and many other rheumatic conditions. She is also able to efficiently refer her patients to experienced physiotherapists and other professionals to further improve their treatment. If you would like to find out more or to make an appointment with Dr Stephanie Barrett please call 020 7730 8508 or make an appointment here.