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Rheumatoid Arthritis

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by | Oct 12, 2021

We Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) In Dublin, Ireland

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease that can cause pain, tenderness, and stiffness in the joints. At Dublin Physio & Chiropractic, our main goal when working with clients with rheumatoid arthritis is to reduce inflammation and relieve symptoms, to improve the quality of life for our clients.

We uphold and provide a high standard of care to all our clients, we stay up-to-date with new evidence to provide evidence-based and purposeful treatment programs, that are individually tailored to each client’s needs and outcome goals.

We are here to help you manage rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

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What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an abnormal immune system response that causes inflammation in the joints, leading to pain and swelling. However, the true cause or etiology of rheumatoid arthritis is still somewhat of a mystery in scientific literature.

  • There is a genetic link – there is 40% – 60% heritability.
  • Certain antigens in the blood that lead to inflammation.
  • Smoking causes an increased risk.

Rheumatoid Arthritis affects joints, particularly the synovial membrane or inner lining of joints. Rheumatoid Arthritis can then progress to the bone and cause bone erosion, which can be seen through medical imaging.

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What are the Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)?

People diagnosed or who are yet to be diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis often have characteristic RA symptoms, that are often worse in the morning, they include:

  • Pain.
  • Swelling.
  • Stiffness.
  • a “trigger finger”.
  • Deformity – Boutonniere, swan neck deformities, subluxation of the fingers, and ulnar deviation.
  • Nodules.
  • Other conditions that are caused by RA affecting other organs of the body, i.e general fatigue, and cardiovascular conditions, like COPD and asthma.

Who is Affected By Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)?

Rheumatoid arthritis can affect anyone at any age. However, it most commonly occurs between 40 to 60 years old with women twice as likely to be affected than men.

How We Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) At Dublin Physio & Chiropractic

At Dublin Physio & Chiropractic we are passionate about working with people and providing a high standard of evidence-based and individually tailored care for our clients. When managing a complex condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis, it is very important to have the right physiotherapy treatment, that is evidence-based and tailored to each person.

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We believe in providing individual care for every client with rheumatoid arthritis because no two cases are alike – everyone responds differently to treatments, this is why we provide a customized treatment plan based on your needs.

Progression of RA

There are four stages of RA:

  • Stage I: No changes seen on x-ray.
  • Stage II: Changes are seen on x-ray in the bone surrounding the joint.
  • Stage III: Changes are seen on x-ray of surrounding bone and cartilage.
  • Stage IV: Stage III + Presence of joint stiffness.

Physiotherapy Goals When Managing RA

The overall goal when management rheumatoid arthritis is to improve the quality of life of our clients and reduce the burden the condition has on our clients. This goal is achieved through many sub-goals, which our physiotherapists at Dublin Physio & Chiropractic will formulate with you. For example:

  • Reduce joint inflammation.
  • Reduce pain.
  • Reduce swelling.
  • Reduce stiffness.
  • Prevent or slow the progression of RA.
  • Prevent the loss of function of surrounding joints.
  • Prevent the loss of and maintain muscle strength.
  • Maintain or improve cardiovascular function.
  • Maintain dexterity (function of the hands) to carry out daily activities.
  • Maintain independence.

How Physiotherapy Helps Relieve RA

Our physiotherapists use a combination of a graded exercise program, joint traction and spinal decompression, manual therapy, and laser therapy to reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and achieve client-centered goals. The earlier you receive physiotherapy the better because when it comes to progressive conditions prevention is the best medicine.

Flare-ups And Remission

Our physiotherapists will work with you to reduce symptoms during flares-up and maintain function and well-being during remission.

Exercise Therapy 

Exercise is important because it helps maintain muscle strength and joint range of motion (ROM). Without exercise, muscles will weaken which can lead to increased pain. Our physiotherapists at Dublin Physio & Chiropractic know the right exercises for each person with rheumatoid arthritis; these are designed to reduce symptoms and improve function.

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Manual Therapy

Our physiotherapists at Dublin Physio & Chiropractic will use manual therapy to decrease pain, increase joint mobility and range of motion, reduce swelling, and relax muscles that are shortened or spasmed due to RA. Manual therapy is also useful if you have difficulty performing certain exercises because of pain or stiffness.

Manual therapy techniques our physiotherapists use include compression, mobilization, gentle stretching, and trigger point release. These manual therapy techniques are safe for all ages with RA when used by a registered health care professional. Manual therapy is effective in reducing symptoms from rheumatoid arthritis, including pain and stiffness.

Laser Therapy 

Our physiotherapists at Dublin Physio & Chiropractic are experienced in using therapeutic laser therapy to relieve the symptoms of RA. Laser therapy has been shown to be effective for reducing swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis and is even more effective than using ice as a coolant.

Spinal Decompression 

Our physiotherapists at Dublin Physio & Chiropractic will use spinal decompression therapy to treat rheumatoid arthritis by reducing pressure on the nerves that travel to and from the spine. This allows for less inflammation and pain, which results in an improvement of function and mobility.

Book Your Appointment Today In Dublin, Ireland

Are you looking for a new clinic?

Dublin Physio & Chiropractic is an innovative clinic located in Dublin, Ireland. We are known for our highly innovative technology and professional care. Our goal is to provide the best possible service to all of our clients. If you’re looking for a physiotherapist, in Dublin, Ireland that will help you achieve your goals, look no further than Dublin Physio & Chiropractic!

You can request an appointment today by clicking here or calling us at (01) 254 4800. Don’t wait another day with your pain – we want to help you feel better as soon as possible.


[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK441999/

[2] https://ard.bmj.com/content/73/1/62

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