Arthritis

We’ve treated many patients who’ve had a fall due to a joint related condition, such as arthritis, that has affected their movement and muscle strength.

The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, causing wear and tear or inflammation around the joints that can make it painful to move. Other symptoms are tenderness and stiffness around the joints which in turn restrict your movement and can cause muscle weakness. You may find your balance is affected and you are moving or walking awkwardly to compensate for the pain.

If you feel your symptoms are affecting your quality of life or could put you at risk of falling, we encourage you to seek help as much can be done before it reaches that crisis stage.

Help is at hand

As trained physiotherapists we are highly experienced in working closely with you and your family to restore quality of life and regain control and independence.

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Your Fairhand physio will:

  • Assess your general health, medication and posture and listen to what causes you pain
  • Practise exercises with you that will build your muscle strength, mobility and flexibility
  • Safely teach your family or carers how they can help you to continue treatment in between appointments
  • Advise you on adaptations that can be made to your home, such as rearranging furniture and recommending mobility equipment that suits your needs
  • Offer practical guidance on how you can safely carry out daily tasks
  • Practise pain relief techniques
  • Refer you to other supportive services if required

Disclaimer

The information provided on our website is for guidance purposes only and should not be treated as medical advice or professional diagnosis. If you think you may be suffering from a medical condition you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

Case study

Name Mrs M
Age 75
Location Reigate

Mrs M’s arthritis was widespread in all of her joints and found that even the smallest of movements had become painful. She was feeling very down and negative when we met her.

The pain and restriction of movement meant Mrs M had given up her social activities and she tended to stay indoors and felt quite lonely as a result.

We taught Mrs M some simple exercises, gave her advice on pain control and relief as well as tips on how to manage day-to-day tasks safely.

Mrs M now is aware of how to manage her symptoms and has since returned to her social activities.

 

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