In this post, we’ll discuss how physical therapy can help with arthritis and the techniques used by physical therapists. Arthritis is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints, making it difficult to perform daily activities. While there is no cure for arthritis, physical therapy can help manage symptoms and improve overall function.
Physical therapy is an essential part of arthritis management. It can help reduce pain, improve mobility, and increase strength and flexibility. Physical therapy can also help prevent future joint damage and improve overall quality of life.
Physical therapy typically begins with an evaluation and assessment of the patient’s condition. The physical therapist will work with the patient to develop a personalized treatment plan that may include a variety of techniques and exercises.
Physical therapists use a variety of techniques to manage arthritis symptoms. Here are some of the most common techniques used:
Range of motion exercises are designed to improve flexibility and mobility in the affected joints. These exercises may involve gentle stretching and movements that gradually increase in intensity as the patient progresses.
Strengthening exercises help build muscle strength in the affected joints and surrounding muscles. These exercises may involve the use of resistance bands, weights, or other equipment. Strengthening exercises are important for improving overall function and preventing future injuries.
Aerobic exercise, such as walking or swimming, can help improve overall fitness and reduce arthritis symptoms. Aerobic exercise can also help reduce weight, which can help reduce stress on the joints.
Manual therapy involves hands-on techniques that physical therapists use to mobilize joints and soft tissues. Manual therapy can help reduce pain and improve mobility by loosening tight muscles and joints. Common manual therapy techniques used for arthritis management include joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, and myofascial release.
Assistive devices, such as braces, splints, or canes, can help support the affected joints and reduce pain. Physical therapists can recommend appropriate devices and provide guidance on their use.
Arthritis can be a debilitating condition that affects many people, but physical therapy can provide significant relief from pain and stiffness. Physical therapists can help manage arthritis symptoms and improve overall function through a personalized treatment plan that includes exercises, manual therapy, and assistive devices.
At ActiveCare Physical Therapy™, we understand the challenges of managing arthritis and the critical role that physical therapy plays in the treatment process. Led by Karena Wu, a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy, our team of physical therapists has extensive experience in managing arthritis symptoms.
We take a personalized approach to treatment, working closely with each patient to develop a customized plan that meets their specific needs and goals. We use the latest techniques and technology to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.
If you or a loved one is struggling with arthritis, consider working with a physical therapist at ActiveCare Physical Therapy™. Our physical therapists will develop a customized treatment plan to manage your arthritis symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.