Physiotherapists have lots of knowledge in the area of arthritis and can help patients experiencing the pain and disability that can occur. There are a wide variety of arthritic conditions that can affect the joints and other tissues of the body.

Osteoarthritis (“OA”) or degenerative joint disease is a normal process in aging but affects some people much more severely than others because of genetics, injury, etc. When severe, movement can be greatly limited and pain can make it hard to get around. People with severe cases of knee or hip OA may be referred for joint replacement surgery.

There are also many types of Inflammatory arthritis: conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, ankylosing spondylitis,etc. The management of these conditions is slightly different from managing OA and will be more geared at controlling inflammation, maintaining healthy joints, and optimizing function. If you have arthritis affecting your hands, you may want to check out our article about hand positioning and preserving the joints of the hands. (Protecting Your Hands).

Many people lead active, healthy lifestyles despite having arthritis. You can find more information about arthritis and its management at the ARTHRITIS SOCIETY OF CANADA ( )

   Swirl  Treatment is aimed at managing:

      • Pain and stiffness
      • Range of motion
      • Walking pattern
      • Preserving important functions like getting up from a chair or bending down to pick things up
      • Ability to continue to do your chosen activities or choosing safe alternate activities
      • Preserving your joint health and muscle strength
      • Advice on the use of braces and walking aids
      • Advice on conservative management vs referral for injection therapy, surgery etc.
      • Preparation for surgery, recovery from surgery
Physiotherapists in Alberta are primary caregivers in our health care system.

You do not need a doctor’s referral.