10: Limited Range Of Motion
The British Society for Rheumatology reports that “intra-articular tophi limiting the knee joint range of motion is a rare but important cause of walking disability in gout patients” Thus, receiving an MRI test is crucial for diagnosing the subcutaneous tophi over the knee which is hard to diagnose but should never be ignored, nonetheless.
It is the duty of all physical therapists and trainers to be mindful of any cases with a history of gout. They should concentrate on the management and the protection of the affected joints during acute gout episodes. Research indicates that cryotherapy, or “cold treatment,” can help relieve acute gout pain. And along with that embracing an apt and regular physical exercise and paying attention to carrying excessive weights are essential for mitigating the effects of gout.