Joint Pain is a Symptom of Over 100 Different Types of Arthritis. We Can Help.
According to the Arthritis Society of Canada, 4.6 million Canadian adults (one in six Canadians aged 15 years and older) report having arthritis. They also report that seeking physiotherapy treatment for joint pain and inflammation is much underutilized. While there is no cure for arthritis, our physiotherapists play an active role in treatment aimed at symptom management and pain reduction.
We strive to educate our patients about their particular arthritis and how they can best be comfortable and active.
GLA:D Canada Exercise Program
- January 29 to March 19, 2018
- Monday and Friday, 2-3 pm
$30 per session (note: claimable via extended health plans)
Physiotherapist Barb Ward leads this program of education and exercise for those diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the hips or knees. Learn strategies to decrease symptoms of pain, reduce pain medication use and begin safe and effective exercises to improve your mobility and function.
*Note: participants must be able to climb 12 stairs to participate in GLA:D Canada at the Lakeview Movement Studio location.
Arthritis Takes on Many Forms
Joint pain is the common symptoms of over 100 different types of arthritis. Often people think of just OA (osteoarthritis) as the only form arthritis can take. However, there are a myriad of other types of arthritis from Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Lupus, gout, ankylosing spondylitis (AS), psoriatic arthritis, Raynaud’s Phenomena, Scleroderma, Sjögren’s disease to name just a few.
With 15% of Albertans having some form of arthritis which can have a disabling effect on the ability to participate in daily life activities – we know physiotherapy can play a huge role in returning people to the activities that they love. Be it a weekend warrior sport, gardening, or just being able to make your own meals – it is satisfying to know that physiotherapy helps.
Don’t Let Arthritis & Joint Pain Influence Your Life
Let us help ease your discomfort and improve your quality of life.
How Physiotherapy Helps Arthritis
- Often it means teaching you about recognizing signs and symptoms of a flare cycle and reducing stressful activities around that time
- Use of natural anti-inflammatories such as ice and acupuncture
- Phonophoresis – ultrasound to administer a medication such as Diclofenac
Reduce Joint Pain
- Hands on techniques such as joint oscillations, transverse friction massage, connective tissue release
- Use of acupuncture is very effective in improving joint pain
- Improve biomechanics to reduce the strain on the joints.
- Apply heat packs
- Use of machines such as Interferential Current (IFC) or ultrasound
Keep Your Joints Moving
- Range of motion exercises
- Muscle strengthening exercises
- Hands on joint mobilization
Get You Back to Doing What You Love
- Prescribe certain types of supportive devices or garments to protect your joints while playing your sport or leisure activity
- Teach you improved ways to move your body and listen to your symptoms for better management
Don’t let joint pain and arthritis stop you from enjoying life. Physiotherapists are experts on movement. Let us help you move. Better.
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