Physical Therapy for Arthritis Pain
May is National Arthritis Awareness Month and with an estimated 70 million Americans suffer from arthritis— every one in three adults! – we wanted to take a moment to discuss this condition. According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Arthritis means “inflammation of the joints” and can occur in people of all ages. Arthritis can impact the mobility of your joints and cause pain and disability.
What are the Signs & Symptoms of Arthritis?
Arthritis can cause joint pain, swelling, stiffness and limited movement. Symptoms may include:
- Inability to move a joint normally
- Stiffness in the fingers, arms legs and wrists, especially in the morning
- Recurring pain or tenderness in any of your joints
- Painful swelling in one or more joints
- Redness or warmth in one or more of your joints
Physical Therapy Can Help!
Physical therapy may help to reduce or manage your arthritis pain, restore range of motion and allow you to return to the activities you enjoy most in life. When it is painful to move your joints, it is a natural reaction to avoid moving them altogether. It is common for people suffering from arthritis to lose range of motion in their joints and find themselves in more pain as time goes on. Physical therapy may help your arthritis by:
- Exercising your joints to help you regain your original range of motion
- Teaching you various techniques that will help you perform daily activities with minimal pain
- Using cold and heat to reduce inflammation, relieve your pain and loosen stiff joints
- Stretching to help reduce the stress on your arthritic joints
- Teaching you exercises to help maintain a healthy weight – since excess weight puts pressure on your painful joints.
- Teaching correct posture to help relieve pain
While there is currently no cure for arthritis, there are exercises, lifestyle changes and proper diet that can go far to manage your pain and symptoms.
If you are suffering from arthritis pain, physical therapy is an effective option to help manage your arthritis symptoms, make your joints more mobile and help you to become more active. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physical therapists.
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