People can be affected by rheumatological conditions across the lifespan, with some developing as early as adolescence. The effects of these conditions are varied, however many cause stiffness and inflammation in joints through the body, making it difficult to participate in daily activities, go to work, and spend time with family and friends.
Rheumatic joints love to move, but initially they don’t like loading, which is often what contributes to “flare-ups”. Physiotherapy aims to introduce progressive loading while maintaining movement, and improving overall strength and ability - whether the mid-back is stiff from ankylosing spondylitis, grip strength is reduced from rheumatoid arthritis, or you are run down by the effects of polymyalgia rheumatica; there is often a light at the end of the tunnel to improving quality of life. Other rheumatological conditions that physiotherapy can assist in the management of include:
While the effects of rheumatological conditions aren’t reversible, physiotherapy aims to give you the tools and knowledge you need to be able to notice when the body is reacting or when you have overworked and when you should pace yourself, but also finding ways to gradually increase tolerance to exercise and loading to keep you healthy and active.
If you are having difficulty managing some of the physical effects of a rheumatological condition or the associated pain, book in with Mason using the link below, including a brief description of what’s been happening in the appointment notes.
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