Conditions We Treat
The dictionary definition of Physiotherapy is:
The treatment of disease, injury or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, electrotherapy and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery.'
At the clinic the conditions that are treated broadly come under the following:
Muscle, ligament, tender and joint injuries can be treated with electrotherapy, mobilisations, deep tissue/sports massage and exercises to reduce pain and swelling allowing you to exercise and return to your sport safely in the shortest possible time.
The most common of these conditions are osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis – they affect the muscles, tendons and bones. They can respond well to electrotherapy and exercise.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis can affect most joints in the body and is the most common cause of arthritis. When the lining of a joint becomes damaged it means that the joint doesn’t move smoothly and is said to be arthritic or you have osteoarthritis (other terms used are “joint wear and tear” or “degenerative joint disease”).If a joint has osteoarthritis, cartilage covering the end of the bone gradually roughens and wears away or becomes thin. As the body is trying to heal itself the bones making up your joint can form outcrops of bone called osteophytes; the synovial fluid thickens and creates extra fluid causing the joint to swell; to try and make the joint stable the ligaments and capsule contract and slowly thicken. These are all changes that the body is making to try to repair the damage. Occasionally these repairs systems are fairly good and arthritic changes will not cause pain or problems. However, in worsening cases the cartilage becomes so thin it doesn’t cover the end of the bone and due to bare bone rubbing on bare bone it begins to erode. All of these things can cause misshapen joints, pain, swelling and deformities of the joint and its normal alignment.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the joints. The main symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are swelling and joint pain.
Rheumatoid arthritis causes inflammation of the synovium and the result is inflammation causing redness (caused by increased blood flow) and swelling around the joint due to the body trying to produce extra synovial fluid and pain.
The pain is caused by the nerve endings being irritated by chemicals produced by inflammation and the capsule is stretched around your joint.
When the swelling goes down the capsule does not return to its original size and causes instability of joints.
Back & Neck Pain
These are mostly mechanical in nature or can be disc related causing referred pain in the leg (sciatica) or arm. After a full assessment and discussion with you most conditions can normally be treated with manipulations, mobilisations, electrotherapy and exercises. Home management programmes can be issued to maintain mobility and strength.
These are usually caused by a road traffic accident where your head moves rapidly forward, backwards or sideways. This can cause pain, stiffness, headaches and consequently causes difficulty in sleeping due to the pain. Whiplash can be treated with heat, mobilisations, ultrasound, exercises and self-management.
Most musculoskeletal conditions can benefit from Physiotherapy and I am always willing to discuss any conditions with you on the telephone or in person to see if Physiotherapy will be beneficial for your condition.
Get in Touch
We are always happy to answer any questions you might have. Call us on: 01621 782194 or email email@example.com