A form of joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints. With over 100 different types of arthritis, they can be divided into 2 groups, degenerative (wear and tear, also known as Osteoarthritis) or inflammatory (infection in a joint, an example is Rheumatoid Arthritis). Other common types of inflammatory arthritis are Psoriatic Arthritis, Lupus, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Gout, and Fibromyalgia. Arthritis is a progressive disease, therefore early recognition of the symptoms and detection of the disease, as well as having knowledge and awareness of the type of arthritis is extremely important. This allows to setup a self-management plan and seek out treatment to slow down the progression of the disease. Physiotherapists can provide education, coping strategies and develop a rehabilitation program aimed at joint-specific exercises, physical fitness programs, and recommendations for assistive devices.
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