Physiotherapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis – Hot and Cold Treatment
There are numerous hot and cold therapies used by physiotherapists in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, depending on the location of the affected joint.
Ice packs are used to reduce the inflammation around a hot arthritic joint, and promote blood circulation.
The treatment consists of laying a wet cloth over the affected joint then placing an icepack against the cloth which prevents the ice from burning the skin.
This treatment normally lasts for 20 minutes.
Hot packs are used where there is pain but the joint is not hot or inflamed.
The pack is normally of gel or oats and is heated in a microwave before being placed against the affected joint.
This has a soothing effect by loosening up tense muscles and tendons, as well as promoting blood flow to the area.
This treatment is normally used for painful hands, wrists, and fingers. I personally have had great success with this therapy, and am convinced it saved me from having surgery, to these areas.
The hot wax is held in a steel container under thermostatic control, into which the hand is dipped and removed after several seconds, to let the wax solidify on the hand.
This is repeated four or five times until the layer of wax is about 1/8” thick, then a towel is wrapped around the wax to prevent heat loss.
After 20 minutes the wax is removed by peeling it from the hands and fingers, the hands then being washed in hot water.
Joint muscle and tendon strengthening exercises may be carried out following hot or cold treatment.
- Hydrotherapy Pool Physiotherapy
Some physiotherapy clinics have access to a hydrotherapy pool. This is a specially built pool having various disabled appliances to enable most rheumatoid arthritis sufferers access to the pool. The water temperature is maintained at 23°C (73°F) and a combination of this high temperature and buoyancy, allows most joints to be exercised freely and without pain under the supervision of the physiotherapist.
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Please read on to see the type of exercises, therapy and medication used to combat Rheumatoid Arthritis.