Has joint pain been keeping you from enjoying some of life’s activities that once brought you pleasure? Are you finding it more difficult to move with ease throughout your day without the painful reminder that your joints aren’t as flexible as they once were?
Understanding Your Pain is the First Step
Before you can fully understand the remarkable benefits of Physiotherapy, it’s important to understand your pain.
Since stiffness and pain can be caused by a variety of problems, every person’s need for Physiotherapy will vary. As an example, if you’re recovering from a sprain or strain, the inflammation you experience will be different than someone who is experiencing symptoms that are age-related, such as osteoarthritis.
Although both conditions are painful and immobilizing, their treatment protocol will vary. That’s one of the primary reasons to seek professional guidance by a Physiotherapist to obtain a personalized plan that will be designed specific to your individual needs and goals.
Although the treatment plans for joint pain and stiffness are almost limitless in their customization to each person’s individual needs, they can generally fall into two general categories:
- Stretching: A custom set of stretching exercises can help injured muscles and connective tissues heal back to their full range of motion and mobility. Stretching is also good to relieve pain from arthritic joints and help prevent them from becoming more painful.
- Joint Mobilization: Working with an equipment that a Physiotherapist suggests for your unique case, example a balance board, you will be able to increase your pain-free range of motion by breaking up internal scar tissues that are contributing to your chronic stiffness. Again, each individual is unique, so your joint mobilization plan will be customized to your needs and goals.
Something to Try at Home
One of the easiest at-home treatments to help reduce swelling and treat pain is called RICE Therapy. It’s an acronym that stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation of the affected area. Often, this at-home treatment will be suggested by a Physiotherapist to be used in tandem with the other stretching and joint mobilization techniques that have been recommended.