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Physiotherapy and Arthritis

ABOUT ARTHRITIS

Arthritis is a condition that causes pain and inflammation of the joints. Around 10 million people have some form of arthritis in the UK. The two most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis, once known as degenerative joint disease, is caused by cartilage thinning and breaking down, causing friction and stiffness. It most often develops in adults who are in their late 40s or older. However, it can occur at any age as a result of an injury.

Rheumatoid arthritis is much less common. It’s an autoimmune condition where the body’s immune system defence wrongly attacks the joints, causing pain and swelling. Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis is primarily GP led and may be managed with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and prescribed medication.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

1. Joint pain, tenderness and stiffness

2. Inflammation in and around the joints

3. Restricted movement of the joints

4. Warm, red skin over the joint

5. Weakness and muscle wasting

Most types of arthritis have several causes. If there is arthritis in your family, you may be more likely to develop it. However, the symptoms of arthritis can begin suddenly, without any obvious cause, at any age.

TREATMENTS FOR ARTHRITIS

While there is no cure at the moment, there are many different treatments and exercises that aim to slow down the progress of the condition and help improve the quality of life.

Treatments include medication, physical therapies like physiotherapy and, in severe cases, surgery.

Don’t hesitate to seek advice from a health professional if you have a painful or swollen joint that isn’t linked to an injury; or are unable to perform your daily tasks because of stiffness or weakness.

HOW PHYSIOTHERAPY CAN HELP TO MANAGE OSTEOARTHRITIS

For patients with rheumatoid arthritis our physiotherapists can help improve fitness, muscle strength and joint mobility however treatment is primarily GP led.

Physiotherapy can help to relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis and improve your ability to carry out everyday activities and move around safely.

Your physiotherapist can help you to understand what happens to your joints and muscles when you have arthritis. Understanding your arthritis will help you to manage its effects.

Arthritis can cause joint stiffness and muscle weakness. Your physiotherapist will assess your muscle strength and the range of movement in your joints, and advise on techniques and exercises so you can keep your joints working as well as possible.

Your physiotherapist can also advise you on ways to relieve pain, and may offer you treatments such as massage or splinting.

OUR APPROACH TO TREATING ARTHRITIS AT THE FORGE CLINIC, RICHMOND

Our qualified physiotherapists in Richmond have extensive experience treating osteoarthritis. Following a detailed assessment, your tailored treatment options may include:

1. Massage to help the muscles relax and make joint movement more comfortable

2. Manipulation to improve the range of movement in your joint and reduce stiffness

3. Gait analysis and orthotics to help correct posture and movement

4. Taping to support and relieve swollen or painful joints

5. Acupuncture

6. Prescribed exercise programme

7. Dietary changes and lifestyle assessment with our Nutritional Therapist to help reduce inflammation and improve intake of necessary cofactors for repair and healthy connective tissue.

If you have arthritis and would like our help and advice, please call 020 8332 6184, book online or email us at info@theforgeclinic.com.

The Forge Clinic

TESTIMONIALS

Underwent physiotherapy with Bridget Burleigh for a problematic knee. A fantastic service, demeanour, and knowledge from Bridget especially during these Covid-safe times. The Forge is fully set-up to deal face to face in a safe manner. Bridget has been nothing but excellent in helping me on the path to recovery including during my relocation to Australia. A word of thanks must go to The Forge front of house reception who are always fantastically helpful too.

Simon

Been seeing David for 6 months for a dislocated shoulder and brachial plexus nerve injury, and he’s amazing! His vast knowledge and skills gave me so much confidence and trust in him. He truly made a difference physically and emotionally through some difficult times! Staff is always very friendly and helpful! Highly recommend!

Aneeka

Thank you to Lara. She was extremely kind, helpful and knowledgeable. She made everything better! I feel much more confident and less worried. I would recommend her and The Forge Clinic. Thank you!

Karolina

Samuel has been treating my very painful tennis elbow for the past month. What a massive improvement thanks to effective massage and manipulation as well as a series of easy exercises to do at home.

Susan

ABOUT ARTHRITIS

Arthritis is a condition that causes pain and inflammation of the joints. Around 10 million people have some form of arthritis in the UK. The two most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis, once known as degenerative joint disease, is caused by cartilage thinning and breaking down, causing friction and stiffness. It most often develops in adults who are in their late 40s or older. However, it can occur at any age as a result of an injury.

Rheumatoid arthritis is much less common. It’s an autoimmune condition where the body’s immune system defence wrongly attacks the joints, causing pain and swelling. Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis is primarily GP led and may be managed with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and prescribed medication.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

1. Joint pain, tenderness and stiffness

2. Inflammation in and around the joints

3. Restricted movement of the joints

4. Warm, red skin over the joint

5. Weakness and muscle wasting

Most types of arthritis have several causes. If there is arthritis in your family, you may be more likely to develop it. However, the symptoms of arthritis can begin suddenly, without any obvious cause, at any age.

TREATMENTS FOR ARTHRITIS

While there is no cure at the moment, there are many different treatments and exercises that aim to slow down the progress of the condition and help improve the quality of life.

Treatments include medication, physical therapies like physiotherapy and, in severe cases, surgery.

Don’t hesitate to seek advice from a health professional if you have a painful or swollen joint that isn’t linked to an injury; or are unable to perform your daily tasks because of stiffness or weakness.

HOW PHYSIOTHERAPY CAN HELP TO MANAGE OSTEOARTHRITIS

For patients with rheumatoid arthritis our physiotherapists can help improve fitness, muscle strength and joint mobility however treatment is primarily GP led.

Physiotherapy can help to relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis and improve your ability to carry out everyday activities and move around safely.

Your physiotherapist can help you to understand what happens to your joints and muscles when you have arthritis. Understanding your arthritis will help you to manage its effects.

Arthritis can cause joint stiffness and muscle weakness. Your physiotherapist will assess your muscle strength and the range of movement in your joints, and advise on techniques and exercises so you can keep your joints working as well as possible.

Your physiotherapist can also advise you on ways to relieve pain, and may offer you treatments such as massage or splinting.

OUR APPROACH TO TREATING ARTHRITIS AT THE FORGE CLINIC, RICHMOND

Our qualified physiotherapists in Richmond have extensive experience treating osteoarthritis. Following a detailed assessment, your tailored treatment options may include:

1. Massage to help the muscles relax and make joint movement more comfortable

2. Manipulation to improve the range of movement in your joint and reduce stiffness

3. Gait analysis and orthotics to help correct posture and movement

4. Taping to support and relieve swollen or painful joints

5. Acupuncture

6. Prescribed exercise programme

7. Dietary changes and lifestyle assessment with our Nutritional Therapist to help reduce inflammation and improve intake of necessary cofactors for repair and healthy connective tissue.

If you have arthritis and would like our help and advice, please call 020 8332 6184, book online or email us at info@theforgeclinic.com.

The Forge Clinic

“David Silver is an outstanding practitioner. He is clever, sensitive, thoughtful and proactive in enabling me to feel empowered to improve my own health. Would highly recommend him and this practice.”

David

“Rory is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable practitioner, who was very positive about the outcome of our treatments. There was great improvement in my back pain after a couple of sessions and I am now happy to say that I am pain free and confident I have the tools I need to avoid it in the future!

F. C.

“I was very happy with Lara, who is a lovely person. She listens and gently makes suggestions. I enjoyed our weekly sessions and the encouragement she unobtrusively gave. I’ll be seeing her again.”

R.S.

“I have been seeing Mr Phil McNulty for quite a few years- and I must say he has looked after my back and neck problems with great professionalism, integrity and skill. So now I am able to live pain free, considering that I had had 5 back operations previously. Thank you.”

V.T.

“One day prior to going on holiday I injured my back and was just about to cancel when I remembered The Forge Clinic. I visited Tristan Jones and in 45 minutes he had me back on my feet and thanks to him he saved my holiday.”

J.H.

“A session with Julie is informative and interesting with advice that really targets your particular health issue. I cannot recommend Julie highly enough.”

Lynda

ABOUT ARTHRITIS

Arthritis is a condition that causes pain and inflammation of the joints. Around 10 million people have some form of arthritis in the UK. The two most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis, once known as degenerative joint disease, is caused by cartilage thinning and breaking down, causing friction and stiffness. It most often develops in adults who are in their late 40s or older. However, it can occur at any age as a result of an injury.

Rheumatoid arthritis is much less common. It’s an autoimmune condition where the body’s immune system defence wrongly attacks the joints, causing pain and swelling. Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis is primarily GP led and may be managed with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and prescribed medication.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

1. Joint pain, tenderness and stiffness

2. Inflammation in and around the joints

3. Restricted movement of the joints

4. Warm, red skin over the joint

5. Weakness and muscle wasting

Most types of arthritis have several causes. If there is arthritis in your family, you may be more likely to develop it. However, the symptoms of arthritis can begin suddenly, without any obvious cause, at any age.

TREATMENTS FOR ARTHRITIS

While there is no cure at the moment, there are many different treatments and exercises that aim to slow down the progress of the condition and help improve the quality of life.

Treatments include medication, physical therapies like physiotherapy and, in severe cases, surgery.

Don’t hesitate to seek advice from a health professional if you have a painful or swollen joint that isn’t linked to an injury; or are unable to perform your daily tasks because of stiffness or weakness.

HOW PHYSIOTHERAPY CAN HELP TO MANAGE OSTEOARTHRITIS

For patients with rheumatoid arthritis our physiotherapists can help improve fitness, muscle strength and joint mobility however treatment is primarily GP led.

Physiotherapy can help to relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis and improve your ability to carry out everyday activities and move around safely.

Your physiotherapist can help you to understand what happens to your joints and muscles when you have arthritis. Understanding your arthritis will help you to manage its effects.

Arthritis can cause joint stiffness and muscle weakness. Your physiotherapist will assess your muscle strength and the range of movement in your joints, and advise on techniques and exercises so you can keep your joints working as well as possible.

Your physiotherapist can also advise you on ways to relieve pain, and may offer you treatments such as massage or splinting.

OUR APPROACH TO TREATING ARTHRITIS AT THE FORGE CLINIC, RICHMOND

Our qualified physiotherapists in Richmond have extensive experience treating osteoarthritis. Following a detailed assessment, your tailored treatment options may include:

1. Massage to help the muscles relax and make joint movement more comfortable

2. Manipulation to improve the range of movement in your joint and reduce stiffness

3. Gait analysis and orthotics to help correct posture and movement

4. Taping to support and relieve swollen or painful joints

5. Acupuncture

6. Prescribed exercise programme

7. Dietary changes and lifestyle assessment with our Nutritional Therapist to help reduce inflammation and improve intake of necessary cofactors for repair and healthy connective tissue.

If you have arthritis and would like our help and advice, please call 020 8332 6184, book online or email us at info@theforgeclinic.com.

Underwent physiotherapy with Bridget Burleigh for a problematic knee. A fantastic service, demeanour, and knowledge from Bridget especially during these Covid-safe times. The Forge is fully set-up to deal face to face in a safe manner. Bridget has been nothing but excellent in helping me on the path to recovery including during my relocation to Australia. A word of thanks must go to The Forge front of house reception who are always fantastically helpful too.

Simon

Been seeing David for 6 months for a dislocated shoulder and brachial plexus nerve injury, and he’s amazing! His vast knowledge and skills gave me so much confidence and trust in him. He truly made a difference physically and emotionally through some difficult times! Staff is always very friendly and helpful! Highly recommend!

Aneeka

Thank you to Lara. She was extremely kind, helpful and knowledgeable. She made everything better! I feel much more confident and less worried. I would recommend her and The Forge Clinic. Thank you!

Karolina

Samuel has been treating my very painful tennis elbow for the past month. What a massive improvement thanks to effective massage and manipulation as well as a series of easy exercises to do at home.

Susan

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Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment. Call us on 020 8332 6184 or email info@theforgeclinic.com, you can also book online.

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