NDPE Provides Practical Treatment for Patients with Arthritis

Services at Northern Districts Physiotherapy Eastwood (NDPE) relieve pain, restore mobility and functionality, and rehabilitates injuries. Most people typically associate the need for physiotherapy with sports injuries, vehicle and work accidents, and back problems, but one of the most common utilizations of physiotherapy is for arthritis.

The condition is characterized by pain and inflammation of the joints that worsens with movement. An appropriate treatment and management plan is essential for delaying disability that often results from the chronic condition. It may seem counterintuitive, but prescribed movement is one of the best therapies to help patients remain flexible and maintain mobility.

Arthritis isn’t an independent disease, but it is a component of more than 150 diseases, conditions and syndromes. Patients often experience symptoms for years before finally seeking the assistance of a physiotherapist. They mistakenly believe it’s simply a sign of aging and something with which they must live.

Exercise is the first line of defense, but that doesn’t mean a strenuous program of calisthenics. Gentle, easy movements are effective for maintaining mobility and won’t cause additional pain or injury. Multiple therapies may be used, and treatment and management programs are customized to the abilities of the individual.

NDPE offers the following therapies for arthritis:
•    The movements of clinical Pilates support flexibility and a greater range of motion. It conditions the body and builds core stability and strength to help prevent further injury.
•    Manual manipulation and mobilization is beneficial for patients with limited mobility or who may not be able to fully participate in treatment.
•    Therapeutic massage, acupuncture and dry needling works with the body’s own healing mechanisms to improve circulation, relieve inflammation and alleviate pain.
•    Ergonomic and work station assessments and advice are available to teach patients different ways of performing tasks that place less strain on joints and won’t aggravate the condition.

Northern Districts Physiotherapy Eastwood has multiple therapies to assist those with arthritis and other joint-related conditions. The practice is a valuable resource for treatment, information and education to aid patients manage the challenges that arthritis can present.

For more information, call 02 9874 8410.