MUSCLE JOINT PAIN & STIFFNESS
People of all ages and all levels of activity suffer from muscle and joint pain – or general aches and pains. There are many causes for such pain. Sudden or overuse injuries, for example, can come with overdoing it in the garden after months of doing nothing. We treat patients who exhibit poor posture or techniques at work – manual, sedentary or office-based workers. We also treat patients who may be experiencing pain as a result of systemic disease, which is a disease that affects other parts of the body, or even the whole body. In some circumstances, your muscle or joint pain can be experienced at the site of the problem, but in other instances, it can be what we call ‘referred pain’, which means that the pain actually originates in another part of the body.
The problem can arise from any of the following:
- Joints – any joint can be affected by pain. Fractures (broken bones), sprains and arthritis (such as rheumatoid or osteoarthritis) are common causes of stiff, painful joints.
- Muscles – direct impact injury, overstretching, strains or overuse can cause muscle pain.
- Tendons – tendons join muscles to bones and are a common source of pain. Examples of tendon problems are tennis elbow and Achilles tendinitis.
- Ligaments – injuries to ligaments (sprains) are the result of over-stretching or twisting of a joint.
How our Physiotherapist can Help?
- Our Chartered Physiotherapist will carry out a detailed assessment of your condition. This will include taking a detailed history of your symptoms, along with a physical examination.
- Following your assessment, you will receive a diagnosis of the problem, including the underlying causes.
- And finally, you will be given a treatment plan that takes into account your particular condition and needs.
Our Chartered Physiotherapist will monitor your symptoms at each visit, and will progress or amend your treatment program depending on how your condition is responding. When appropriate, our physiotherapist will liaise with your doctor, hospital consultant or other health care professional, making sure that you receive seamless and integrated healthcare. You will be advised on when to return to work, when to resume sport, how to return to your daily activities – and how to prevent a recurrence of your pain.