Spinal & Joints
Most of us experience joint aches and pains. They can be the result of muscle strain, overworking, an accident or perhaps there may be an underlying problem such as arthritis. More than 9 million people have arthritis in the UK. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the UK. Symptoms can include; pain, stiffness, creaking joints and soft and hard swellings. Hips, knees, neck, back and fingers are the most common joints to be affected.
Physiotherapy can play an important role in the treatment of osteoarthritis. The goals of physiotherapy are to decrease inflammation, improve joint range of motion, and strengthen the muscles surrounding the affected joint. Stretching and strengthening exercises can help achieve these goals. Although there is no cure for arthritis as it is a degenerative problem, there are ways we can help you reduce your pain and help you move forward. Simple strengthening exercises may be all it takes to reduce your discomfort and allow you to get on with life.
Did you know!
Studies estimate that 70-85% of the population has low back pain at some time in their life and the annual prevalence of low back pain ranges from 15-45%
I had both knees and a hip replaced due to arthritis. Physio from Griffiths & Hartley pre-op and in the 5 years since has helped me regain my mobility and resume an active lifestyle including playing golf and skiing.