Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of the body’s joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis causes cartilage — the hard, slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones where they form a joint — to break down. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that first targets the lining of joints (synovium).
Our physical therapists will create a program that meets your specific needs. It doesn’t matter whether your arthritis is widespread or confined to a single joint. During your treatment, we will aim to:
The goals of treatment are to:
Therapy should be started early if you want to feel the maximum effects. If you go for a long period of time without any treatment then you may experience painful inflammation and other problems at a later date. You may also experience deformity, joint stiffness and other health problems. When the pain and the swelling has been controlled, treatment plans may include different exercise that will help to improve your muscle strength and endurance.
If you have a positive attitude and plenty of patience then you’ll be sure to feel the greatest benefit from your therapy. This is why you always need to embrace new challenges as well as pushing yourself so you can get the most out of every single session. With therapy, arthritis can be slowed down, giving you a better life.