is the Latin name for inflammation of a joint. This can be
part of a generalised arthritic process throughout the body
or as a result of trauma and injury to only one joint. An
arthritic joint is swollen and painful. It may be red and
hot and movement is painful. Around each joint is a capsule
which contains the fluid used to lubricate the joint. If the
entire joint capsule becomes inflamed, all or most of the
movements of that joint will strain a different part of the
capsule. So all or most of the movements will be painful or
limited. Arthritis leads to a characteristic limitation of
movement which varies from joint to joint. The more inflamed
the capsule, the greater the limitation of movement. Whatever
the cause of arthritis the pattern of limitation of movement
is the same.
TREATMENT Early treatment with
Tissue Manipulation can help to alleviate the condition.
Even after severe changes of wear and tear show up on X-ray
the symptoms can be eased by treatment with Connective Tissue Manipulation to improve the circulation to the joint and thus reduce the inflammation and pain. The reduction in connective
tissue tension can also help to improve range of movement
in an arthritic joint. See frozen shoulder.