Arthritis Pain Relief

Types of Arthritis


The two types of arthritis that typically result in arthritic pain are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.


Osteoarthritis is common for those over age 60, but it can also be the result of injury, poor mechanics, and overuse. This type of arthritis is characterized by a breakdown of cartilage which surrounds joints. It is cartilage that is responsible for distributing forces and lubricating joints. When you don’t have enough of it, the bones rub together and cause pain. Bone fragments can also break off and bone spurs can grow. The spine, knees, hips, and hands are the common sites for osteoarthritis. In addition to pain, there’s a decrease in flexibility and an increase in stiffness and tenderness.


Rheumatoid arthritis is when the body attacks itself; it’s an autoimmune disease. The lining of the joints gradually becomes inflamed. Symptoms include stiffness, tenderness, inflammation, swelling, and pain. Rheumatoid arthritis is often found in the feet, wrists, and hands. However, if it isn’t properly treated, it can spread to other areas like the knees and hips. Other symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include fever, weight loss, decreased appetite and continual exhaustion. Physiotherapy can help both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

How Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa Helps you:

While there’s no cure for osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa can help you manage the symptoms of these afflictions. As a matter of fact, research has shown that physiotherapy benefits patients in the short term and long term. Physical therapy consists of both active and passive modalities for treatment.


Harmony Ottawa Physiotherapist will do a full assessment of your condition, review goals with you, and develop a specific treatment plan to meet your individual needs. A tailored therapeutic exercise program helps with mobility, strength, and pain. There may even be high-intensity exercises.


If you suffer from hip pain, an exercise plan will address all impairments surrounding the hip that may be contributing to control, mechanics, and mobility. You learn how to lift, squat, and carry objects with less pain. All around, daily functional tasks are much easier. There are also manual therapy techniques for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. For example, soft tissue mobilization is very effective for those who suffer from arthritis pain.

The Passive Modalities in Physical Therapy to treat pain from arthritis are:

  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)

  • Electrotherapy

  • Ultrasound

  • Dry Needling

  • Acupuncture

  • Superficial heat

  • Cryotherapy or ice packs

No one wants to live in pain. It limits your activities, and it just plain hurts. Take action. Are you suffering from arthritis pain? Don’t wait a minute longer. Contact us Today at Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa to schedule a one-on-one consultation and comprehensive assessment of your condition. Let our certified and skilled physical therapists help you reduce pain from your arthritis and live a better lifestyle. We’re committed to your wellness. We’ve helped many others who suffer from arthritis and can help you too.