Speciality of physiotherapy intended to improve the symptoms and quality of life in patients suffering from some kind of rheumatic disease.
It is essential in this branch of the physiotherapy an individual and very humane treatment, as the patients are suffering from exhausting chronic pain.
Amongst the most common rheumatic diseases we can find:
- Arthrosis: this is a result of the wear and tear of the cartilage, the one acting as cushion for the joints. This can be because of a traumatism, some diseases or simply the passage of time, which causes the loss of their characteristics and their deterioration. Physiotherapy can't heal arthrosis, but it can help with the symptoms and as a consequence, improve the quality of life. It is about increasing joint congruency, avoiding worsening and reducing swelling in the periarticular structures, which in many cases do cause more pain than the arthrosis itself.
- Osteoporosis: this is a disease where the bone becomes more porous, therefore being more fragile and the risk of a fracture does increase.
- Fibromyalgia: this illness is characterized by overall pain and when pressing specific points, accompanied by chronic fatigue.
- Arthritis: autoimmune and degenerative condition that can affect one or several joints, presenting pain, swelling and functional disability.