Arthritis

Arthritis is very common with increasing age. 

Most people think a diagnosis of arthritis is a death sentence. But did you know that arthritis is present in some people without pain! What this means is that there is more to pain with arthritis than what you see on a scan.

Our role at Inner Focus Physiotherapy is to examine you to assess your level of pain and disability and how this relates to the arthritic changes on your scan.

In many cases we can set up rehabilitation programs to get you back to activities that give your life meaning. There is strong evidence that programs that address lifestyle factors, strength, control and conditioning can have a profound affect on reducing pain and disability in many cases.

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Knee OA: Corticosteroid Shot Does Not Boost Exercise Benefit

Adding an intra-articular injection of 40 mg corticosteroid before exercise in patients with painful knee osteoarthritis (OA) provided no extra benefit, results from a new randomized trial show.

Exercise has been shown to provide relief of knee OA symptoms, as have intra-articular injections, but no studies to date have evaluated the two treatments in combination.

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Treating osteoarthritis of the knee

There are effective ways to relieve arthritic knee pain:

a) Lose Excess Weight. Losing 2.5kg of excess weight can take about 10kg of pressure off your knees when walking.

b) Physical Activity. To build support of the knees, practices exercises that increase quadriceps strength. According to recent MRI studies [5], greater quadriceps strength prevents lateral offset and tilt of the patella, which protects against cartilage loss at the lateral compartment of the patellofemoral joint, a frequent site of symptom generation in knee OA.

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case study: shoulder arhritis

Contemporary pain science has advanced our understanding of the neuroscientific and psychological mechanisms prevalent in chronic pain conditions. Unfortunately this has yet to filter through sufficiently to university curriculums, professional organisation trainings, or current practicing physicians/health care workers. Therefore, the end user, in this case the medical consumer, is routinely denied best-practice evidence-based care for their pain.