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Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation in the joints and surrounding tissues. If left untreated, RA can lead to joint damage and loss of function. The Physio Active team can help you manage and improve your condition.


Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

The symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) can vary from person to person and may develop slowly over time. Common symptoms of RA include:

Joint pain and stiffness: Pain and stiffness in joints, especially in the morning or after a period of inactivity, are common symptoms of RA.

Swelling: RA can cause swelling in the affected joints, making them appear larger or more pronounced.

Inflammation: Inflammation and tenderness in the joints are common symptoms of RA.

Reduced range of motion: RA can cause the joints to become stiff and limit their range of motion.

Fatigue: Many people with RA experience fatigue and a general feeling of exhaustion, even after a good night’s sleep.

Weakness: Weakness and a loss of muscle strength can also occur as a result of RA.

Rashes and Nodules: Some people with RA develop skin rashes or nodules under the skin near the affected joints.


It is important to note that RA symptoms can mimic those of other conditions, so it is essential to see a healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis. At Physio Active, our team of experts specializes in rheumatoid arthritis treatment and can provide a comprehensive evaluation and personalized treatment plan.


Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis

The causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) are not fully understood, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors that trigger an autoimmune response in the body.

Genetics: Certain genetic markers denote an increase in the risk of developing RA. A family history of RA is also a risk factor.

Environmental factors: Exposure to certain environmental toxins and viruses, such as smoking and infections, may increase the risk of RA.

Smoking: Smoking has been linked to an increased risk of RA and is also associated with a more severe form of the disease.

Infections: Some research suggests that certain diseases, such as hepatitis C and certain bacteria, may trigger the development of RA in some people.

Please note:

  • These factors do not cause RA in everyone, and many people with RA have no known risk factors. 
  • The exact cause of RA is still unknown, and more research is needed to understand the underlying mechanisms better.
  • Having these risk factors does not guarantee that you will develop RA. 
  • On the other hand, not having these risk factors does not mean you are immune to RA. RA is a complex disease and its causes are not fully understood yet.


Physiotherapy treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis at Physio Active


Joint protection and range of motion exercises

Our physiotherapists at Physio Active will develop a customized exercise plan to help you improve joint mobility, increase strength, and reduce pain. We’ll also teach you joint protection techniques to help you avoid further joint damage.


Manual therapy

At Physio Active, we believe in empowering our patients with the knowledge and skills they need to manage their RA. Our physiotherapists will educate you on the disease process and provide you with a personalized home exercise program to continue your progress outside of therapy sessions.



Rheumatoid Arthritis can be a challenging condition to manage, but with the right physiotherapy treatment, you can improve joint function, reduce pain, and maintain a good quality of life. At Physio Active, our experienced physiotherapists will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that meets your specific needs. If you or someone you know is living with RA, get in touch and we will help you in every possible way.


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