Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks the body’s joints. Osteoarthritis is caused by mechanical wear and tear on joints.
In both cases, the most discomfort is usually experienced first thing in the morning with stiffness affecting joints, and in the case of rheumatoid arthritis, these joints also swell. The most common joints affected are fingers/hands, wrists, feet or weight-bearing joints such as hips and knees. This can greatly affect your quality of life restricting writing, doing buttons, zips, picking up objects, walking and balance.
We will carry out an extensive initial assessment, looking at the joint(s) affected, your range of movement, strength, flexibility, posture and general condition. Then, work on a plan to reduce the pain and stiffness you may be feeling and maximise your quality of life.
We would also do an extensive home environment assessment to look at small modifications to improve your quality of life.