Arthritis Treatment in Kilkenny

Joint pains and associated muscle pain and weakness are often caused by arthritis. Kilkenny Physio clinic therapists are trained to help with most types of arthritis.

What is Osteoarthritis ?

Osteoarthritis is degeneration of  the articular cartilage covering joint surfaces. As it progresses damage to the underlying bone occurs.

In ways it’s like a speeding up of the natural degeneration of joints due to ageing, wear and tear. It can occur in any joint in the body and often occurs as a result of an old trauma to a joint. Your joints can

treat arthritis with joint mobilsations

mobilising a stiff shoulder

also be affected by repetitive overuse or adverse forces causing the joints to run out of line. As the condition progresses the surrounding soft tissues may become involved and become painful too.

In Kilkenny Physio clinic we use many approaches to treatment. We use manual therapy, joint mobilisations, soft tissue techniques and sometimes electrotherapy, wax and heat to treat the pain. We provide home exercise programmes to strengthen weak muscles and stretch tight muscles to support the joint. This has the effect of limiting further damage and promoting good function.

We sometimes prescribe orthotics to correct the alignment of the foot and remove some adverse forces on the joints.

What is Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) ?

Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease causing inflammation of the synovial lining of the joints. It frequently affects the smaller joints such as  the wrists, hands and feet. It is a systemic autoimmune disease which can be very debilitating. As the disease progresses the tissue around the joint, tendons, fat pads and the sheath surrounding the tendons become affected. Symptoms of Rheumatoid arthrits include pain, stiffness after rest, joint swelling and stiffness, general weakness and fatigue.

Hand exercises for arthritis treatment in Kilkenny Physio Clinic

Hand Exercises

Our approach is to look at the whole body and how the rheumatoid arthritis is affecting you daily. In Kilkenny Physio clinic we treat the joints as well as devising home exercise programmes to strengthen muscles and protect joints. We look at the patient as a whole and try to maintain and maximise function.

What is Septic arthritis ?

Septic arthritis is a very painful infection in a joint.  It can be caused by Bacteria or a virus which infects the joint causing inflammation of the synovial membrane. Sometimes bacteria will only infect one joint. Septic arthritis can occur at any age but most commonly in the hip or knee of children under three. 

Physiotherapy is not usually advocated in the acute stages, but may be needed when the infection is resolved to strengthen and stretch affected areas.

What is Juvenile Arthritis ?

Juvenile chronic arthritis or juvenile idiopatic arthritis (JIA) is  arthritis occurring in a child under the age of 16, in one or more joints for at least six weeks.

In our clinic we will use electrotherapy, wax and manual techniques to treat the condition in it’s painful stages. We will also use exercises to treat the pain, restore function and protect the joints.

What is Ankylosing Spondylitis ?

Ankylosing spondylitis treatment in Kilkenny Physio Clinic

Maintaining spinal mobility in Anklosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing Spondylitis is an arthritis of the spine and pelvis involving the development of excessive boney growth at joint edges. The areas most affected by the disease are the spine and sacroiliac joints. They become stiff and the spine looses it’s upright position and the S curves become more C shaped. The hips, knees, ankles and shoulder joints may become affected as the disease progresses. Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is frequently associated with other chronic inflammatory diseases.

Physiotherapy has a huge role to play in the treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis. In Kilkenny Physio clinic we use various modalities to reduce the pain of the condition, but function is also our main aim. We use exercise to maintain or restore muscles strength and posture, and our rehab exercise classes are invaluable here. This is where the focus of treatment in our clinic lies. We also use joint mobilisations and soft tissue release where appropriate to maintain mobility in the spine.