At Bradley Physio we have over 20 years of experience treating Arthritic conditions.

Arthritis, in its many forms, can affect any joint in the body and cause progressively worsening pain and disability. Our team of highly skilled and experienced physiotherapists will help you with pain relief and a tailor-made exercise programme to help you with the long term management of your condition.

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What Arthritic conditions do we treat?

Conditions We Treat
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a condition that affects the joints causing pain and stiffness. It results from a breakdown of the joint cartilage that covers the bone ends and eventually it affects the underlying bone. Patients are often aware of a ‘grinding’ or ‘cracking’ sensation as the affected joints are moved. There can be swelling around the joint and in more advanced cases the joints can become permanently thickened. The severity of osteoarthritis symptoms can vary greatly from person to person, and between different affected joints. There are a number of different treatments available including exercise, medication, acupuncture, corticosteroid joint injections, physiotherapy and eventually a surgeon may consider a joint replacement.

Following a thorough verbal and physical examination your physiotherapist will aim to diagnose the cause of your pain. Your recommended, bespoke treatment plan will be discussed with you. Specific manual therapy techniques including deep soft tissue massage, deep transverse friction massage, muscle energy techniques and stretches may be used. Other treatments may include acupuncture, electrotherapy and the use of sports tape. As you improve your physiotherapist may recommend a programme of rehabilitation exercises in our on-site rehab gym as well as exercises and stretches to continue independently at home to manage your condition for the long term.

NOTE If you are not making the progress we would expect and your physiotherapist thinks you will benefit from further investigations (x-rays,scans) and/or onward referral to a Specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon, the necessary arrangements can be made by our team on your behalf.

Spondylosis/Spondylitis is inflammation of the vertebrae in the spine and can cause neck and low back pain. It is a general term used to describe changes that can occur along any area of the spine. It is a condition in which your discs degenerate, losing their flexibility and height to cushion the spine. Usually pain begins in the lower back or neck and as the condition progresses pain may radiate into the arms or legs. It is often described as “pressure” or “burning” pain and you may also feel tingling or numbness in your leg or foot.
Many patients find that heat is extremely effective way to relieve discomfort.

Following a thorough verbal and physical examination your physiotherapist may decide to use hands-on treatments including deep soft tissue massage and spinal mobilisations. Other treatments include traction, electrotherapy, and acupuncture. Postural and preventative advice, as well as a home exercise programme is recommended too. Many clients find our pilates classes are a great, long term way to manage their neck and low back pain and prevent recurrence.

NOTE If you are not making the progress we would expect and your physiotherapist thinks you will benefit from further investigations (x-rays,scans) and/or onward referral to a doctor specialising in your condition the necessary arrangements can be made by our team on your behalf.

Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA) is a long term, progressive condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness of the joints. It is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the joints. It has periods where the symptoms worsen (flare ups) and periods when they settle. Joints are surrounded by a capsule (synovium). Rheumatoid arthritis causes inflammation of the synovium. The most commonly affected joints are those in the hands and feet. The resulting damage to the joints caused by the inflammation can cause deformity. There are a number of different treatments available to help manage the condition including medication, physiotherapy, acupuncture, exercise, joint injections and surgery. A rheumatologist (a doctor that specialises in this condition) will discuss the appropriate plan of care for each patient.

Following a thorough verbal and physical examination your physiotherapist will recommend a bespoke treatment plan which will be discussed with you. Specific manual therapy techniques including deep soft tissue massage and stretches may be used. Other treatments may include acupuncture and electrotherapy. As you improve your physiotherapist may recommend a programme of rehabilitation exercises in our on-site rehab gym as well as exercises and stretches to continue independently at home to manage your condition for the long term.

NOTE If you are not making the progress we would expect and your physiotherapist thinks you will benefit from further investigations (x-rays,scans) and/or onward referral to a Rheumatologist, the necessary arrangements can be made by our team on your behalf.

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