Arthritis can occur as a general process affecting joints throughout the body or as a result of trauma, from an impact or sports injury, affecting just one or two joints.

Arthritis comes from the Latin for inflammation of the joint and the joint, when affected by arthritis, becomes painful and swollen.

The joint may be hot, red and painful to move and the capsule that contains the lubricating fluid may also become inflamed. Any movement of the joint will put a strain on different parts of the capsule and this then causes pain and stiffness.

Arthritis can lead to limitation of movement, this will vary in severity from person to person and joint to joint, the more inflamed the joint the more painful the condition and the more severe the limitation of movement.

The cause of the condition does not limit the effect on the joint; the patient will still suffer from limited movement and joint pains. The generalised forms of the condition often also affect other parts of the body as well as the joints.

Treatment

Accessing early treatment with Connective Tissue Manipulation can help alleviate the condition.

Connective Tissue Manipulation can help even after the condition has progressed to the point where it shows up on X-rays, but as with most conditions the earlier treatment is started the better.

Connective Tissue Manipulation is used to improve the circulation to the joint and this in turn thus reduces the inflammation and pain.

By using Connective Tissue Manipulation you can reduce the connective tissue tension and help improve the range of movement that the arthritic joint has suffered. See frozen shoulder.