CSPhysio_20130617_0681Your local Cammeray sports physiotherapist is trained with a focus on alleviating pain, improving mobility, rehabilitating injuries, and treating chronic diseases. The Cammeray professionals provide patients with the tools, techniques and therapies to help individuals reach their goals and improve quality of life.

The team approaches health holistically, treating the whole person and not just their symptoms. Therapies may be utilized as stand-alone treatments or employed in combination to address acute and chronic problems. An individualized treatment and management plan is created for each person and modified as needed to reflect the progress of the patient.

One of the most common conditions that physiotherapytreats is osteoarthritis, a condition known as “wear and tear” arthritis. It typically affects the weight bearing joints of the knees and hips, joints that have received excessive use over a person’s lifetime, and joints that have been subjected to specific trauma. Other locations of damage include the hands and spine.

Osteoarthritis is a condition in which cartilage at the ends of bones wears away, allowing the bones to rub together. Early symptoms are often ignored or attributed to overuse. It’s a progressive condition for which there’s no cure, but physiotherapy at the local physio clinic helps minimize damage, alleviate pain and improve function.

Pain, inflammation and tenderness are often the first signs of osteoarthritis. The condition results in stiffness, loss of flexibility, and patients may hear and feel a grating sensation in the joint when they move. Osteoarthritis has a genetic component and those at increased risk are women, the obese, older individuals, people with prior joint injuries or bone deformities, and those in certain occupations.

Osteoarthritis makes simple tasks difficult or impossible and disability is a very real concern. Total Physio provides multiple methods to treat the condition and helps patients learn new and modified ways to move that doesn’t exacerbate the condition. Assistance with mobility aids is also available.

Physiotherapy offers passive movements, electrotherapy, gentle exercise and advice to ease pain and minimize further damage. If a joint replacement is required, the practice provides rehabilitation after surgery. Therapeutic massage and hydrotherapy may also be utilized to ease pain and improve movement for better quality of life.

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