+ other rheumatological conditions
Why would an OT who has a special interest in Hypermobility also be working with people with arthritis? Aren’t they the opposite?
Yes, essentially they are the opposite. Hypermobility is having too much movement in a joint, and arthritis typically causes too little movement in the joint (hypomobility). The common thread? They are both about joints, and many of the techniques we use in hypermobility management are borrowed from arthritis research and management anyway!
There are over a 100 different types of arthritis, with the most commonly known ones being osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis’ like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis and, Lupus. You can read about more of the arthritis types on the Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW website
A few of the things that these conditions have in common are pain, fatigue and the need for joint protection. That’s where we come in. Here at Rheumi Occupational Therapy, we can help you to learn to manage your pain and fatigue better so that it isn’t controlling your life as much. We can also help you to protect your joints to prevent your arthritis and associated pain from worsening.
We offer a range of services to our arthritis clients in Sydney, including:
- Home visits for those who have significant mobility issues
- Silver Ring Splinting which can help with alignment of the finger joints to manage deformity and pain
- Equipment prescription