Pain Relief for Arthritis Oakville, ON

Pain Relief for Arthritis

Arthritis Doesn’t Have to Limit You – Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, and Massage Therapy can Provide You Relief

Did You Know Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, and Massage Therapy Could Naturally Relieve Arthritic Aches and Pains?

Living with arthritis, degenerative disk or degenerative joint disease? These terms are all used interchangeably to mean the same thing. But no need to worry, they sound scarier than they really are. Simply put, these age-related changes in our joints are normal and should not be considered any scarier than the age-related changes in our skin or in our hair.  Can you imagine if we called grey hair degenerative hair disease, or wrinkles degenerative skin disease? Would we be walking around holding our heads and faces in pain?

If you ever get up out of bed, or from a chair after sitting for a while, with stiff joints then let our Oakville, ON physiotherapists, chiropractors, and massage therapists help. This is a common condition with a strong genetic predisposition that most people develop to some degree or another;  however, many live with their painful joints for far too long before seeking help, while others don’t have any pain at all.  That could be you.

At Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation, we will evaluate your joints as well as other sources of your stiffness and pain, and we will assess which exercises will be beneficial in providing long-lasting pain relief and mobility to make your everyday activities easier. Additionally, we will provide you with the resources you need to prevent arthritis-related pain and stiffness in the future. 

If you are suffering from arthritis, or you think you may be experiencing arthritic symptoms, contact Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation today to schedule an appointment.

Physiotherapy, chiropractic, and massage therapy, and arthritis relief

Physiotherapy, chiropractic, and massage therapy helps by restoring the normal motion of your joints, improving the strength of supporting muscles, and improving the way you walk, run, bend, and move. Our treatments are tailored to your specific needs to help you recover quickly and have a more permanent outcome. We also teach you ways to prevent future joint pain and stiffness, and what you can do on your own with the correct therapeutic exercises. 

If you are suffering from arthritic pain and stiffness, or you think you might be, you could greatly benefit from physiotherapy, chiropractic, and massage therapy treatments at Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation. In many cases, these treatments can even help you avoid the need for surgery, medications, and injections. 

What type of arthritis do you have?

According to the Arthritis Society of Canada, one in every five Canadians is affected by arthritis. IThis potentially devastating condition has many types. Some of them include:

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis, aka “inflammatory arthritis,” is also fairly common, although it is not as easily understood. It develops as an autoimmune response, meaning that the immune system sees the joints as a threat and decides to attack them. 

Researchers have come to believe that your medical history, environment, and hormones could all be contributing factors toward the development of rheumatoid arthritis. Also, it is typically more prevalent in females than males. Because it is an autoimmune condition, it is common for it to affect the same joints on different sides of the body. 

Those suffering from arthritis typically report soreness around joints, which is worse after prolonged sitting, standing, or inactivity. Pain can get worse when you move, like when you bend your knees. 

You may notice popping or clicking sounds in the affected joint(s) with movement, and the joint may be sensitive or painful to the touch. Arthritis can also cause pain when you exercise or work, and the pain may go away after you stop doing that activity.

Osteoarthritis

The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis. It was previously thought that arthritis is when the cartilage of the joint wears down due to overuse of the joint.  But we now know that is not the case. In fact, it is a normal age-related change that has a genetic predisposition. Most people will get it, but the degree to which it causes pain in the joint will vary from person to person.  Many people live with arthritis without experiencing any pain at all. 

The next most common risk factor for developing osteoarthritis is having sustained a previous injury to the affected joint, especially one that required some surgical intervention.  An example would be if you were a football player in college or university who experienced a harsh blow to the knee that required surgical reconstruction of the ligaments. You sought treatment, recovered, and returned to the game. The injury was healed, but the cartilage was exposed to some damage that wasn’t symptomatic at the time but later became so.

Finally, being overweight was thought to put you at a higher risk for developing osteoarthritis, as additional strain is being put on your knee and hip joints. But there is not really any evidence to support that notion.  What we do know is that being overweight may affect how you feel arthritis-related pain in your knee.  Some studies have shown that a 10% loss of body weight can reduce arthritic knee pain by 50%.  But let’s not forget the overall benefit that developing a healthy body has on performance and mood.

Ready to get started?

Contact Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation today to find out how our services can help you find long-lasting relief for your arthritis. 

One of our Oakville, ON physiotherapists, chiropractors, and massage therapists will conduct a physical evaluation to determine what the best course of treatment will be for you. Don’t let your arthritis limit you any longer – schedule your appointment today.