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What is Arthritis?

It is the inflammation of one or more joints, causing pain and stiffness that can worsen with age.

Is rheumatism the same as arthritis?

Rheumatism is a word occasionally used to describe any sort of muscle or joint pain. Medical professionals no longer use the word ‘rheumatism’ but it remains in general language. There is no difference between rheumatism and arthritis. Rheumatism is the same as rheumatoid arthritis, which is a type of arthritis.

Can physiotherapy help arthritis?

Physiotherapy helps to keep your joints and muscles moving, ease pain and keeps you mobile. Your physiotherapist will assess how your arthritis affects you and put together a programme of advice, exercises and other therapies that will help to keep you moving and reduce your pain.

Are there different types of arthritis?

There are more than 100 different forms of arthritis and related diseases. The most common types are:

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Psoaritic arthritis

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Gout

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

  • Joint pain

  • Swelling

  • Joint stiffness

  • Reduced range of movement

  • Muscle aches

  • General symptoms like fatigue and feeling unwell.

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