This is a very commonly used term for general aches and pains, but a specific diagnosis can only be given following X rays or other imaging like MRI or CT scan or blood tests. There are many form of arthritis, osteo arthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) are the most common forms. OA usually affect the hips, knees, wrist and finger joints, whereas RA can be more general. OA is often referred to as wear and tear and is the less serious form. Joints suffering from OA can be swollen, painful and stiff as a result of the gradual wearing away of the cartilage or cushioning of the joint. In the case of the hip and knee, joint replacement is very successful and the outcomes are generally very good, especially in the case of the hip, knee and shoulder.
Physiotherapy will assist in maintaining muscle strength and flexibility around the affected joints as well as pain relief.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) can affect many joints and is more inflammatory in nature, Treatment has progressed well in recent times and medication as well as gentle physiotherapy can help manage the condition