Joints are the meeting points of our bones

The joints allow for a smooth movement of our fingers, wrists, shoulders, knees, hips and elbows.

Joint pain usually shows up as discomfort, aches, and soreness in any of the body’s joints.

Joint pains can be the result of illness or injury, however there are also other causes.

Knee assessment

Osteoarthritis: the most common form of arthritis

Osteoarthritis progresses slowly and affects mainly the wrists, knees, hips and hands but can be found all throughout the body. It results from a breakdown of the cartilage that the body is using as a cushion to absorb the shocks from everyday activities.

Symptoms of osteoarthritis include:

  • Joint Pain: warmth, redness, tenderness, swelling
  • Joint Stiffness: increased in the mornings or after being inactive
  • Tenderness: Your joint might feel tender when you apply light pressure to or near it.
  • Loss of flexibility: the joint no longer moves through its full range of motion.
  • Grating sensation
  • Bone spurs: Extra bits of bone, which feel like hard lumps, can form around the affected joint.
  • Swelling

Rheumatoid Arthritis can deform and debilitate the joints

The 2nd most common form of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and is more common among women than men. It attacks the membrane that lines the joints and causes pain, inflammation, and fluid buildup in the joints.

Symptoms of RA include:

  • Joint Pain: warmth, redness, tenderness, swelling
  • Joint Stiffness: increased in the mornings
  • Fatigue throughout the body
  • Fever
  • Weight Loss
  • Rheumatoid Nodules: small lumps of tissue felt under the skin
  • Symmetrical Patterns of affected joints
  • Most common joints: wrist, hand, fingers, cervical spine, shoulder, elbow, knee, hip, foot, and ankle
  • Prolong symptoms
  • Anemia
  • Neck Pain
  • Dry Eyes
  • Dry Mouth

Other contributing causes for joint pain are: bruises or inflammation of the cushioning pads around the joints, lupus, gout, breakdown of cartilage, injuries, overuse of a joint, cancer and more.

Joint pain can be a result of damage that occurs due to regular use of our joint and growing age. But, it can also be a sign of an infection or RA.

The Self-perpetuating Cycle of Joint Pain

 

To improve your ability to move freely, reduce weight and reverse the self-perpetuating cycle of pain we use exercise rehabilitation.

If you’re suffering from joint pain, don’t wait for it to be too much to bear.

At Aspire Physiotherapy Bunbury, we provide clinical interventions to ease pain and protect the joints with an appropriate treatment plan to improve your condition. Call us now on (08) 9770 1107 or book online to get started.

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Covid-19/Coronavirus update

 

With the Covid-19 / Coronavirus pandemic the world is facing an uncertain and challenging time. As your healthcare partner, we understand and share the concern and anxiety you may feel about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Bunbury, WA, Australia and globally.

At Aspire Physiotherapy Bunbury the health and wellbeing of our clients and staff is always our highest priority.

To ensure we can continue to offer the high-quality physiotherapy service our clients have become accustomed to, we are taking additional infection control measures to mitigate the risk of infection. The systems we have put in place are guided by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (our professional body) and the Department of Health, and will be monitored and updated accordingly as the pandemic evolves inline with their recommendations.

As a relatively small practice, the number of people we interact with is limited and considered low-volume. We have cancelled our group rehabilitation and pilates sessions and have spread out our appointment times to minimise the congregation of people and allow for our disinfection procedures between appointments. Clients have the option to wait in their car and be notified once the physiotherapist is available (simply phone us upon arrival).

As part of our infection control system we ask our clients to contact us by phone / email to reschedule their appointment if any of the following apply:

  • Symptoms including fever, flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue and/or shortness of breath.
  • Recent travel (within 14 days of the scheduled appointment). 
  • Been in contact with person with confirmed Coronavirus in the last 14 days.

Please be vigilant, and if unsure please contact us before attending your appointment.

Thank you for your trust and support as we continue to keep our focus on the health and wellbeing of you and your family.

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