Arthritis is a term for more than 100 medical conditions that affect the joints where two or more bones meet. Most forms of arthritis are thought to be auto-immune conditions, where the body’s immune system attacks its own joint tissues. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout are the most common forms.
Although people of all different ages experience arthritis, many seniors suffer from this condition which has symptoms including:
- pain, swelling or stiffness in one or more joints
- pain or stiffness in the back or neck
- joint or back pain during activity
- persistent pain or stiffness after activity or after rising in the morning
- unexplained pains and aches
Allied health support for arthritis
Allied health professionals can help ease the pain and restrictions of arthritis in several ways:
- Physiotherapists – by providing advice and programs for exercise, posture and pain relief and offering manual therapy and treatments to promote joint and muscle flexibility
- Occupational Therapists – by assisting with ways to make activities for daily living easier and advising on useful aids or equipment.
- Podiatrists by offering foot care including recommending orthoses