“Well as a farmer for 40 years you get used to doing things yourself, but this time I knew I needed help. My arthritic knee was acting up and I was in excruciating pain.
So I called We-Fix-U and to my relief they started helping me the moment I arrived. To my surprise, I wasn’t just dealing with one physiotherapist, but a team of professionals that were lending their skills to my problem. With their compassion and knowledge I was feeling better, quicker than I had imagined.”
Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that causes pain and swelling in the joints. Hands, feet and wrists are commonly affected, but it can also damage other parts of the body. Rheumatoid arthritis can make your joints feel stiff and can leave you feeling generally unwell and tired.
The condition is estimated to affect thousands of people in Canada and occurs more frequently in women than men. It is most common between the ages of 40 and 70, but it can affect people of any age.
Why does it happen?
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. This is when your immune system, which usually fights infection, attacks the cells that line your joints, making them swollen, stiff and painful. Over time, this can damage the joint itself, the cartilage and nearby bone.
The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis usually vary over time. Sometimes, symptoms only cause mild discomfort. At other times, they can be very painful, making it difficult to move around and do everyday tasks.
When symptoms become worse, this is known as a flare-up or flare. A flare-up is impossible to predict, making rheumatoid arthritis difficult to live with.