The two major types of Arthritis
- Inflammatory Arthritis
such as rheumatoid arthritis. This is an ‘autoimmune’ disease in which the body’s immune system starts attacking healthy joints. It leads to inflammation of the joint lining. This causes pain and swelling of the joint. It causes damage to the surface of the joint and underlying bone.
is more common. This is where the normally smooth cartilage surface softens and becomes pitted and frayed. As the cartilage breaks down, the joint may lose its normal shape. The most frequent joints affected are in the spine, hips, knees and hands. Symptoms consist of joint ache, stiffness and restricted movement. It can be as a result of injury but often develops in people over the age of 50.
Physiotherapy can help manage these symptoms and set realistic goals for you to achieve.