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Arthritis is a condition which causes pain and stiffness in joints. Common types include Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Osteoarthritis is generally caused by ‘wear and tear’ of the joints. This can happen as we age, or can be related to a change in the joint movement caused by a trauma or an accident. Osteoarthritis commonly affects larger weight-bearing joints such as the knees and hips. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease which causes pain and inflammation of the joints. This form of the condition commonly affects smaller joints, such as the joints of the wrists, fingers and feet. Many other less common types of arthritis also exist.
It is a painful condition and pain control is one of the main aims of treatment. Exercise can be helpful for this pain in many ways:
For more information on how exercise can help reduce your pain from arthritis, contact us at our Dublin 4 clinic.