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Arthritis Pain Management

Physiotherapy management of Arthritis in Hong Kong

At Hong Kong Sports Clinic, we treat many patients suffering arthritis to reduce pain, inflammation, and other symptoms of discomfort. We also help patients manage this disease so that their day-to-day life is as comfortable as possible. Often you will hear arthritis referred to as rheumatism. While this isn’t a disorder itself, it is often used to describe joint or muscle pain.

Arthritis is a disease that affects the musculoskeletal system, most often the joints. There are over 100 different types of arthritis. Unfortunately, over a million people living in Hong Kong suffer from this. Arthritis is not limited to the elderly; it affects children and young people, regardless of background and lifestyle. Arthritis causes pain and swelling in the joints, and eventually a swollen joint can suffer severe damage. Generally, arthritis is caused by a combination of factors such as family genetic history, a physically demanding job, an injury, weight problems (which cause strain on the joints), infections, and even some foods that can bring on symptoms. The most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and ankylosing spondylitis.

Hong Kong Sports Clinic’s physiotherapists can tailor a program to help maintain joint mobility and movement depending on the severity and type of arthritis affecting you:

  • Physiotherapists will ensure you undertake an assessment to determine how limiting your arthritis is, and tailor a program to improve your lifestyle.
  • Physiotherapy massage can help to alleviate pain, swelling, and tenderness.
  • A program of gentle exercise and stretching will encourage stiffness to dissipate.
  • Our physiotherapists will be able to devise a plan to help make subtle changes in lifestyle to reduce arthritis (such as diet and weight management).
  • Where necessary, we will be able to provide you with hydrotherapy to reduce your symptoms.
  • Dry needling undertaken in a physiotherapy setting using solid needles can treat muscular pain and alleviate arthritis.
  • Physiotherapy will help you maintain independence, as it helps to improve strength, flexibility, and mobility.