How a Physiotherapist Treats Rheumatoid Arthritis

Physiotherapists have a very important role to play in treatment of rheumatoid arthritis patients. Patients are put under physiotherapy treatment to improve joint strength and alleviate pain. There are certain practices that can be performed with the help of Sydney CBD physiotherapist or the patients can perform them on their own as well.


Physiotherapists provide the treatment only after assessing the patient as it varies with every patient as per their conditions. Before the physiotherapy treatment, the physiotherapist requires to determine the level of disability, muscular strength and respiratory condition of the patient.

Generally, the treatment includes various exercises and therapies depending on the particular condition of the patient. These treatments help prevent permanent disability, increase their functional capacity and also provide pain relief to the patient.

Hot/Cold Application

The most common treatment for rheumatoid arthritis is application of hot/cold on the joints. The application of heat, ice or water prior to physiotherapy relieves the pain and the patient can exercise with lesser strain on their joints and muscles.

Usage of hot/cold application is based on the stage of rheumatoid arthritis of the patient. Hot application may be applied in various forms such as superficial hot-pack, using hot water or infrared radiation. Duration of the heat-therapy is generally 15- 20 minutes.

However, patients with sensorial deficits and impaired vascular circulation should be treated with caution as they may not react to excessive heat and may get burned. Cold application may be provided in the forms of ice-packs and nitrogen spray.