Arthritis & Chronic Pain - The Hills Physio, Kellyville Ridge, NSW

Arthritic pain in the knee can be especially painful and debilitating.

Arthritic pain in the knee can be especially painful and debilitating.

Arthritis is an umbrella term that encompasses more than 100 medical conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system. Arthritis conditions specifically affect your joints, where two or more bones meet. Arthritis is associated with inflammation, pain, stiffness and breakdown/damage to joint structures such as cartilage. These impairments have flow on effects to impact joint strength, stability and visual joint structure that interfere with simple everyday activities such as showering, getting dressed and walking to the toilet. For this reason it is no wonder arthritis is the major cause of disability and chronic pain in Australia.

Contrary to the belief that arthritis is part of old age, arthritis and other chronic pain conditions can affect anyone of any age. Physiotherapy can play a crucial role in targeting the impairments of pain, stiffness and weakness and help you perform basic daily tasks with more ease.

There is good evidence to suggest exercise and strength training has a strong positive effect on people suffering arthritis and chronic pain. Our therapists are always up to date on the most recent evidence based practice methods for treating these complex conditions.

Whilst arthritis is one of the biggest contributors to chronic pain in our country, chronic pain can come in many other forms. Chronic pain is defined as pain persisting beyond the normal tissue healing time of approximately three months. Chronic pain can be frustrating, intense, unrelenting and lead to significant disability if not treated correctly.

Here at The Hills Physio we understand the complex nature of this type of pain, and for this reason will always liaise closely with your other health care professionals and take the needed time to care for you holistically. So if we ask you questions about your sleep routines and social supports, its not because we are nosey!, its because we know that pain does not persist beyond three months just because of one area of specific damage/trauma to your body. Chronic pain involves many other aspects such as your nervous system.

We are here to help! If you are unsure of how our physiotherapy treatment methods can assist you in recovering from your pain, please phone us today to speak with one of our physios on 9629 4608. Our office is located in Kellyville Ridge, NSW, which lies just outside of Sydney.

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