People with joint disorders such as rheumatism are often less active than people without. That may sound logical, moving with a painful joint is less attractive … Yet moving and being active is very important for people with osteoarthritis. It provides stronger muscles around the joints so that the joint is relieved and there is more synovial fluid, which is better for the quality, resistance and mobility of the cartilage. Exercise provides a better balance and coordination so that instability is reduced (and because of this the friction and irritation in the joint), this can also prevent a painful misstep or fall. Pain complaints decrease and activities in daily life are easier. In addition, it improves stamina, so that activities will cost less energy and can be sustained for longer. It is important that exercise is good for the whole body and can lead to weight loss and a reduction in blood pressure.
In osteoarthritis complaints to the hip or knee, joint replacement prosthesis operations are often quickly thought of. These operations are, however, a ‘last resort’ and can be prevented or postponed by more movements in combination with physiotherapy, rehabilitation and manual therapy. When an operation can not be prevented, the following applies: the fitter you enter an operation, the fitter you get out of it. Rehabilitation and exercise therapy can therefore play a good role in optimizing your fitness before the operation, so that the recovery will go better and faster.
Together with the physical therapist and the rehabilitation doctor, a personal rehabilitation plan is made. If you have mild complaints and you want advice on exercise, we can help you with explanations and exercise advice, exercises or possibly a reference to a website with a training program. A small amount of treatment is then sufficient. When the limited mobility of the knee or hip is an obstacle to activities, we set up a personal exercise program that includes stability, muscle strength, endurance and everyday activities, and in this way we gradually build up the intensity. By experiencing movement again as positive, confidence returns, so that you can independently continue an active lifestyle.
Many people have osteoarthritis in one or more joints. Osteoarthritis is the name of a joint disease of the cartilage: more articular cartilage is lost than can be produced. The cartilage deteriorates and sometimes it disappears completely. With osteoarthritis, the fluid in the joint also decreases. This fluid is needed to keep the joint running smoothly and to absorb shocks. Osteoarthritis occurs mainly in the joints of the hands, knees, shoulders, neck and hips.
A form of rheumatism is Bechterew’s disease. The inflammation develops in the joints of the spine and the pelvis. Over time, the vertebrae can grow together and the spinal column can grow. Bechterew’s disease is more common in men than women.
Arthritis is one of the most common causes of chronic muscle and joint pain. Someone who suffers from arthritis can experience severe pain in the joints. This causes inflammation in the joints and can swell up. Inflammation can also spread and cause additional muscle inflammation, which leads to muscle pain.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic, generalized pain syndrome. People with fibromyalgia complaints experience pain, of which no direct cause is found in the body. To be able to speak of fibromyalgia, the complaints must last longer than three months and there must be pain in the whole body. The experienced physical complaints and limitations seem to be the result of a combination of factors. Both physical, psychological and environmental factors can play a role in the development or maintenance of the complaints. In addition, people with fibromyalgia can also suffer from sleep problems, gloom, concentration problems, memory loss and bowel problems. The rehabilitation program at the MedifitReha Rehabilitation Center pays attention to the physical aspects but also to the psychological aspects of fibromyalgia by treating it in a multidisciplinary manner.
Osteoporosis usually causes pain symptoms that can be very variable. Vertebral fractures are common, they often arise unnoticed. Sometimes the pain is acute, for example in the back because a vertebra collapses. The pain is then intense, decreases slowly and can then become chronic. For a good diagnosis and a treatment plan you are in the right place.