Managing rheumatoid arthritis at our osteopath clinic
Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of arthritis that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. It mainly occurs in the fingers, wrists and ankles, however rheumatoid arthritis can also affect elbows, knees, shoulders and hips. It is different to osteoarthritis which is common with old age and occurs as a result of wear and tear, rather it is more severe and can cause disability. It can also affect other parts of your body including your heart. Similarly to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is more common in women than men and the symptoms often begin in the 40s to 50s. If rheumatoid arthritis is not treated properly your joints may become deformed and you may not be able to carry out your daily activities such as writing, using a knife and fork, lifting household essentials or even doing up buttons on a shirt. Thanks to much research and development if you are diagnosed correctly and as early as possible, there is medication available to prevent symptoms from becoming too difficult. If you have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis or if you are suspicious of your symptoms then you need to speak to our osteopath clinic London W1 and find out how osteopathy can help you.
Understanding rheumatoid arthritis
Unfortunately rheumatoid arthritis is not a reversible condition rather it needs to be managed. It occurs when your immune system attacks the lining of the joints which is also known as the synovium. The synovium becomes swollen or inflamed damaging the cartilage and bone. This is irreparable. The tendons and ligaments also weaken over time and eventually the joint loses its ability to function. At our osteopath clinic London W1 we may not be able to reverse the effects of rheumatoid arthritis, however we can put together an individually tailored treatment plan that will help you manage your symptoms more effectively. Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by environmental or genetic factors and by speaking to you and asking questions about your symptoms we can put together the best treatment plan for you. Our treatment plan consists of healthcare advice that will help promote better health and wellbeing, this may include dietary advice as well. We will offer you osteopathic massage therapy that is suitable for your unique requirements and we will also teach you simple exercises that you can carry out in the comfort of your own home either by yourself or with the help of a loved one. For patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis you will require a combined treatment plan for optimal results. Alongside conventional medication, combining regular osteopathy sessions at our osteopath clinic London W1 will allow you to manage pain and discomfort, as well as help you continue with your daily activities more easily. By visiting our website you will be able to find out about the improvements that our patients have benefitted from by undergoing osteopathic massage at our osteopath clinic. We are a five-star rated establishment and we will help you manage your symptoms and enjoy a better quality of life.