Arthritis Specialists London
Looking for Arthritis treatment in London? There are nine million people with arthritis in the UK. Mike Squirrell Physiotherapy Harley Street, London W1 are here to help treating your Arthritic pain. Call 020 3174 2455 today! Read our patient reviews
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Arthritis (from Greek arthro-, joint + -itis, inflammation; plural: arthritides) is a group of conditions involving damage to the joints of the body. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in people older than fifty-five years.
There are different forms of arthritis; each has a different cause. The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease) is a result of trauma to the joint, infection of the joint, or age. Emerging evidence suggests that abnormal anatomy might contribute to the early development of osteoarthritis. Other arthritis forms are rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, autoimmune diseases in which the body attacks itself. Septic arthritis is caused by joint infection. Gouty arthritis is caused by deposition of uric acid crystals in the joint, causing inflammation. There is also an uncommon form of gout caused by the formation of rhomboid crystals of calcium pyrophosphate. This gout is known as pseudogout..
Arthritic Patient Testimonial
“I have suffered from agonising arthritis for the past 12 months. At first I tried to ignore the pain but when it began taking over my life and career I had no other option but to seek professional help. This is when I found Mike Squirrell at Harley Street Physiotherapy. He was able to diagnose my problem very quickly and created a treatment plan to try and relieve some of the pain. I wasn’t expecting miracles overnight but amazingly he did just that. As long as I have regular treatments it is rare that my arthritis interferes with my lifestyle. I am so very grateful to Mike and his team for all the help.” – Patrick Collins
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History and Examination of Arthritis
All arthritides feature pain. Pain patterns may differ depending on the arthritides and the location. Rheumatoid arthritis is generally worse in the morning and associated with stiffness; in the early stages, patients often have no symptoms after a morning shower. In the aged and children, pain might not be the main presenting feature; the aged patient simply moves less, the infantile patient refuses to use the affected limb.
Elements of the history of the disorder guide diagnosis. Important features are speed and time of onset, pattern of joint involvement, symmetry of symptoms, early morning stiffness, tenderness, gelling or locking with inactivity, aggravating and relieving factors, and other systemic symptoms. Physical examination may confirm the diagnosis, or may indicate systemic disease. Radiographs are often used to follow progression or assess severity in a more quantitative manner.
Treating Arthritis Harley Street W1
Treatment options vary depending on the type of arthritis and include physical and occupational therapy, lifestyle changes (including exercise and weight control), medications and dietary supplements (symptomatic or targeted at the disease process causing the arthritis). Arthroplasty (joint replacement surgery) may be required in eroding forms of arthritis.
In general, studies have shown that physical exercising of the affected joint can have noticeable improvement in terms of long-term pain relief. Furthermore, exercising of the arthritic joint is encouraged to maintain the health of the particular joint and the overall body of the person.
Osteoarthritis (OA, also known as degenerative arthritis, degenerative joint disease), is a clinical syndrome in which low-grade inflammation results in pain in the joints, caused by abnormal wearing of the cartilage that covers and acts as a cushion inside joints and destruction or decrease of synovial fluid that lubricates those joints. As the bone surfaces become less well protected by cartilage, the patient experiences pain upon weight bearing, including walking and standing. Due to decreased movement because of the pain, regional muscles may atrophy, and ligaments may become more lax. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, and the leading cause of chronic disability in the United Kingdom.
“Osteoarthritis” is derived from the Greek word “osteo”, meaning “of the bone”, “arthro”, meaning “joint”, and “itis”, meaning inflammation, although many sufferers have little or no inflammation. A common misconception is that Osteoarthritis is due solely to wear and tear, since Osteoarthritis typically is not present in younger people. However, while age is correlated with Osteoarthritis incidence, this correlation merely illustrates that Osteoarthritis is a process that takes time to develop. There is usually an underlying cause for Osteoarthritis, in which case it is described as secondary Osteoarthritis. If no underlying cause can be identified it is described as primary Osteoarthritis. “Degenerative arthritis” is often used as a synonym for Osteoarthritis, but the latter involves both degenerative and regenerative changes.
About Harley Street Physiotherapy
As a long standing physiotherapy clinic originally established in Harley Street our private physiotherapy practice specialises in helping those in pain. Arthritic pain or arthritis is one of the most common problems that we treat. Arthritis can be agonising and debilitating which means unpaid time off work, preventing you from doing the things you love. If you’re suffering from arthritis speak to our arthritis specialists in London today for a consultation and treatment.
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