Our upcoming Joint Pain Matters 2021 report examines the findings of a survey of 8545 people battling joint pain, offering a look into the devastating, widespread physical and psychological impact of joint pain — on individuals, families, relationships and more.
Our findings show that joint pain is a debilitating form of pain, wreaking havoc on people's lives and interfering with sleep, work and intimacy.
While joint pain is often difficult to cope with, there are treatment options available to help you manage your pain.
One of these is physiotherapy.
What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a form of physical therapy that helps to keep your joints and muscles moving (improving mobility) and easing pain. Your physiotherapist will evaluate how your arthritis affects you. They will build a programme containing specialist advice and tailored exercises that will help you manage your pain.
Arthritis Research UK states: "Most people with arthritis will benefit from a course of physiotherapy. This may include a programme of exercises tailored to your individual needs, advice on increasing your activity level generally, or help with pain relief techniques."
"Most people with arthritis will benefit from a course of physiotherapy. This may include a programme of exercises tailored to your individual needs, advice on increasing your activity level generally, or help with pain relief techniques." Arthritis Research UK
There are many benefits of physiotherapy. Here are the game changers.
Physiotherapy helps you understand your painPeople experience joint pain differently. Some people struggle with joint pain constantly, while others experience relief more often. This depends on the individual.
Your physiotherapist will share their medical expertise to help you understand how arthritis affects your joints and muscles.
In assessing this together, you can learn to recognise pain patterns and manage pain accordingly.
Physiotherapists offer informed advice on lifestyle changes
Physiotherapists offer advice and education on ways to manage your condition outside of physiotherapy.
It's not only about the exercises you and your physiotherapist do during your session, but also about the lifestyle changes suggested by your physiotherapist.
Our upcoming Joint Pain Matters report explores the benefits of lifestyle changes such as exercise, dietary changes and weight loss for joint pain.
71.28% of respondents to our Joint Pain Matters survey said that they tried regular exercise to improve joint pain. 53.21% of respondents said they tried weight loss.
Your physiotherapist can recommend which lifestyle changes would be best suited to you, to help you manage your pain.
Physiotherapists supply tailored exercise programmesYour physiotherapist will assess your condition and build an exercise programme tailored to your needs. This programme will include breathing techniques and specialist, gentle stretches.
Harvard Medical talks about the importance of stretching for joint pain, in stating: "Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight. Then, when you call on the muscles for activity, they are weak and unable to extend all the way. That puts you at risk for joint pain, strains, and muscle damage."
Physiotherapy helps improve fitness levelPhysiotherapy not only reduces pain, but also boost fitness levels. Through regular exercise (sometimes in the form of swimming or walking) your fitness levels are likely to increase. Although it is not intense training, physiotherapy is known for strengthening and conditioning your muscles. Strong muscles are one solution to chronic joint pain.
Harvard Health states: "Strong muscles are needed to strengthen bones, control blood sugar, improve cholesterol levels, maintain a healthy weight, reduce joint pain, and fight mild depression."
Physiotherapy is known for alleviating joint pain
Lastly, physiotherapy is known for helping people assess and manage their joint pain.
61.41% of our Joint Pain Matters survey respondents have visited a physiotherapist to help manage their pain.
The NHS lists physiotherapy as a top treatment option for joint pain.