Arthritis is a broad term that covers a group of over 100 diseases and conditions. Attempting to navigate it alone, with what it means for your lifestyle and how to go about treatment is not reasonable. Being one of the best physiotherapy clinics in the GTA, MedRehab Group can help! In this week’s blog, we will cover some of the main options to consider when approaching your arthritis condition.
One of the first elements to evaluate is the potential causes of your arthritis. The cause of your pain should influence the treatment you will be receiving. Common causes of arthritis include age, genetics, excess weight, an injury history, infections and careers which involve strenuous physical activity. Next, consider your symptoms and the type of arthritis you have; osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, and gout. Finally, consider your values. Do you want natural treatment? Do you have any pre-existing medical conditions that might affect your ability to participate in some treatments? Do you have specific tolerances and intolerances you want a practitioner to be aware of? Bringing answers to these questions when you see a therapist will help them understand your expectations from them.
In terms of actual treatment, there are a couple standard procedures every clinic should provide. Your therapist will conduct several physical exams to analyze your condition, progress, and levels of pain. Based on those results they will create treatment plans that normally consist of medication, physical therapy, external aids, weight-loss guidance and in rare cases, surgery. Depending on what you prefer out of those plans your doctor should cater to those opinions and help find a plan that works for you.
Have arthritis and need to create a plan for your recovery? MedRehab Group is a chain of physiotherapy clinics which offer an umbrella of practices such as chiropractic, acupuncture, naturopathy, shockwave therapy and orthopedic care. We will create a custom plan to suit your wants and needs. Give us a call today to find out more about what we can do for you!
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