Inflammatory Arthritis Carnegie
Inflammatory arthritis conditions are less common than osteoarthritis. These conditions are auto-immune diseases; meaning that the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues resulting is systemic inflammation and joint pain and stiffness. The systemic nature of inflammation means that multiple body systems or organs can be affected. The most common forms of inflammatory arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis. Management of these conditions is usually undertaken by a medical specialist, such as a rheumatologist. Your GP can refer you to a rheumatologist.
Physiotherapy forms an important part of the management approach for rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis in particular. Our approach involves working with the other members of your healthcare team to help you achieve your physical goals. This involves:
- Providing education about the condition and particularly the role of exercise, managing fatigue and flares, and pacing activities
- Addressing any specific muscle or joint symptoms with manual therapy, exercise, or splinting
- Assessing and managing joint biomechanics
- Prescribing safe exercise according to your health and fitness
- Monitoring your health over time, including both your physical and mental health
For more information about rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory arthritis conditions, see the Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria website.