Arthritis is an umbrella term for inflammation of one or more joints, causing pain and stiffness that can worsen with age.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones wears down over time.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that affects the joints.
How do I know if I have arthritis?
- Reduced range of movement
How can exercise help?
Exercise is essential for individuals with arthritis as it increases the strength and flexibility of the joints. Helps to reduce joint pain, fatigue, muscle tension and stress. Exercise can help to maintain bone and muscle strength around the joint and improve your ability in sport or day to day life.
What type of exercise will I be doing?
Exercise will be individualised and can generally consist of
- Flexibility exercise
- Strengthening exercise
- Hydrotherapy based exercise
- Low impact exercise
- E.g , swimming, cycling, strength training and hydrotherapy