The two most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. They both affect the joints of the body, but rheumatoid arthritis can be more aggressive and may need stronger medication to help control pain levels and inflammation.
Physiotherapy can help maintain strength and mobility of an arthritic joint and your physiotherapist will provide an exercise programme that is best suited to your needs and condition. When the arthritis becomes chronic the muscles and other connective tissues can become very tight. For this, your physiotherapist will provide some soft tissue massage. Acupuncture can also be used to treat arthritic joints and release tight muscles and electrotherapy can be used to help reduce inflammation.