Arthritis is a medical condition that refers to more than 150 different diseases affecting the musculoskeletal system. The types of arthritis include: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, ankylosing spondylitis, scleroderma and systemic lupus erythematosus.

In Australia arthritis affects 3.85 million people, which is 1 in 5 Australians. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in Australia.The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is degenerative joint condition affecting the spine, hips, knees, feet, and hands.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease causing chronic inflammation of the joints. Arthritis may be hereditary but is generally caused by poor posture, heavy manual work and previous injury. Osteopathy is an effective way to manage arthritis and the associated symptoms.

Symptoms may include:

  • joint pain,
  • stiffness,
  • referred muscle pain,
  • inflammation and swelling of joints,
  • morning stiffness which cause the person with arthritis to be less active.

There is no cure for arthritis.

Management focuses on eliminating symptoms through early diagnosis and improving lifestyle to prevent further degeneration. Osteopathic treatment involves manual techniques on joints, muscles and ligaments. This may involve gentle stretching, mobility, and traction techniques. Hydrotherapy and water exercises may also be recommended.

The aim of your osteopath is to:

  • provide immediate relief from symptoms,
  • reducing pain and swelling
  • promote range of joint movement
  • improve mobility
  • assist in rehabilitation after surgery such as hip replacement
  • education how you can improve your quality of life through diet and nutritional support, posture, and even weight loss that may be contributing to the proble.