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Arthritis and Physiotherapy

There are many different types and subtypes of arthritis, and most of the time, patients will benefit from ongoing hand therapy and physiotherapy intervention to slow the damage associated with arthritis.

most common one is...

Without a doubt, osteoarthritis - read more below.

Osteoarthritis happens when the cartilage lining of the bones of joints wear out due to:

  • degeneration (also known as wear and tear; this is the most common cause)
  • infections and inflammations
  • direct trauma
  • etc

It leads to the thinning and wearing out of the shock-absorbing cartilage, and that means that there is no longer any cushion between bones in a joint.

The result?

Painful bone-on-bone grinding movement.

In very bad cases, the bones that are affected can start to break and wear out, and this is even more painful, with lots of:

  • pain
  • swelling
  • stiffness
  • inflammation

role of physiotherapy and hand therapy

As arthritis can happen in any joints, hence the roles of physiotherapists and hand therapists are important in arthritis management and treatment.

The main focus of people who suffer from arthritis includes:

  • slowing the degradation of structures (be it cartilage, bones, etc)
  • decrease inflammation experienced, which in turn will decrease the amount of stiffness, pain etc
  • helping patients to be as involved in daily routine and life and work as possible by improving their supporting muscle strength, stability and stamina
  • we may get tasks to be modified so that it's less taxing on patient's joints eg introducing aids that can help with buttoning, opening (or avoiding) jars/cans, etc

some physiotherapy and hand therapy interventions

Our senior physiotherapists and hand therapists may combine the following techniques for pain relief and arthritis management:

  • Heat treatment to heat up stiff joints and muscles, which increases/eases movements and decreases pain experienced (with our Bremed electrical hotpacks)

  • Exercise therapy to strengthen up the muscles outside and around the affected joints (and generally). Muscles behave like shock absorbers too, helping to offload weight and protect compromised joints.

  • Cold therapy to gradually and carefully bring down any inflammation or swelling that's causing pain, stiffness and fear.

  • Mobilization of the joints and muscles especially if they're stiff and patient is fearful. With a little bit of heat treatment to loosen up joints and muscles, then very gentle and gradual stretching and mobilization to loosen up prior and post exercises.

  • Where appropriate, we may also introduce ultrasound therapy to accelerate soft tissue healing in the joints; and it can help to decrease swelling and pain too.

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Phoenix Rehab Singapore Core Services And Specializations

Phoenix Rehab Group works with specialist physiotherapists and specialist rehab therapists who are highly trained, qualified, experienced and passionate to provide high level of expert care to our patients.


Patients who sustained injuries to their elbows, forearms, hands, wrists (sprains and fractures) and fingers, and requires Hand Therapy to increase the function of their hand following injuries or post-operations as well as custom made hand splints.

Commonly treated hand pain injuries includes wrist and finger fractures, de Quervain's tenosynovitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow and more.


Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility, and breathing. It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which meet specific individual needs, to treat a wide range of injuries and conditions.

You may do Pilates as matwork or with the reformer or both, and every session will be customized 100% to your fitness, injury and tolerance.



Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood flow to tired , tight and tense muscles to accelerate recovery and shorten downtime. It also prevents muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and potential ruptures), and increases muscle performance.

Done regularly, it will keeps your muscles healthy and fit with body/movement-confidence.


All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB). See our entire team here by location and specialization.

At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session. Follow up sessions are inline to provide expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term solution.

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We do not rely on advertising - instead, we prefer and appreciate the goodwill and positive reinforcement from patients. When you have the opportunity, please take the time to tell your family, friends and physicians about the positive results and experience you have had in our clinic.

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