Are you living with arthritis? If so, you know how much it can control your routine. Arthritis can be extremely limiting to a person’s life, and unfortunately, it is a disorder of the joints that millions of people live with.
While arthritis is debilitating, there is light at the end of the tunnel: it can certainly be managed! If you believe you may be living with arthritic symptoms, call Pittman Physical Therapy at our physical therapy office as soon as possible.
You deserve to enjoy your life without worrying about arthritic joints. We’ll help you manage your pain and get back to leading a full, happy life! In the meantime, keep reading to learn more about the benefits of physical therapy for arthritis.
Types of arthritis
The two most commonly reported types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis develops from “wear and tear” of cartilage, while rheumatoid arthritis develops from an overactive immune system.
Arthritis results in joint inflammation that can cause aches, pains, stiffness, and limited mobility. While there are over 100 types of arthritis, they are typically split into two categories: monoarthritis, meaning only one joint is affected, and oligoarthritis, meaning multiple joints are affected.
So, what should I do if I think I have arthritic symptoms?
If you believe you may be suffering from arthritis, the first thing you should do is contact your primary care provider. He or she will provide a thorough evaluation, looking for signs of disease, such as inflammation and/or deformity.
They’ll go through your symptoms and may order blood tests, urine tests, joint fluid testing, or x-rays if they think they’re necessary. If these tests reveal that you have arthritis, your doctor will devise a treatment plan for you based on the location and severity of the problem. Rest, exercise routines, and medications, as needed, may be part of this therapy approach.
You will very certainly be referred to a physical therapist to assist you in executing your exercise routines, as well as to track your progress and ensure that you are doing it safely and correctly. Physical therapy has been shown to help relieve arthritis pain without the use of pharmaceuticals.
It is very likely that you will also be referred to a physical therapist to help guide you through your exercise routines, in order to measure progress and make sure that you are completing your physical activity in a safe and correct manner. Physical therapy is a proven aid in arthritic pain relief, without the use of harmful pain-management drugs.
Early diagnosis can be helpful in avoiding joint damage and disability, so it is imperative that you contact a doctor as soon as you think you may be developing arthritic symptoms.
The importance of physical activity for people with arthritis
Staying physically active when you have arthritis is the key to keeping your joints in good, functioning condition. This claim is backed up by research at the Arthritis Center at Johns Hopkins:
“Physical activity is essential to optimizing both physical and mental health and can play a vital role in the management of arthritis. Regular physical activity can keep the muscles around affected joints strong, decrease bone loss and may help control joint swelling and pain. Regular activity replenishes lubrication to the cartilage of the joint and reduces stiffness and pain. Exercise also helps to enhance energy and stamina by decreasing fatigue and improving sleep. Exercise can enhance weight loss and promote long-term weight management in those with arthritis who are overweight.”
While it can feel easy to lie around or choose to soak your aching joints in a warm bath, getting up and moving is still the best way to combat arthritis pain. You’ll find that your therapist at Pittman Physical Therapy agrees as well!
Physical therapy for long-lasting relief
While there is not yet a known cure for arthritis, physical therapy is a proven and effective way to relieve pain and ease inflammation. In fact, each patient is provided with their very own individualized treatment plan, based on the nature of their arthritic condition and their corresponding needs. Treatment plans help improve strength, mobility, and range of motion while also alleviating pain.
Your physical therapist will provide you with targeted stretches and exercises for arthritic relief, in addition to any other methods he or she may deem fit. This may include manual therapy, soft tissue mobilization, ice and heat therapies, deep tissue massage, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation. Any additional modality will be added under the discretion of your physical therapist, if needed for additional pain relief or mobility improvement.
Are you ready to relieve your arthritic aches and pains?
Call Pittman Physical Therapy today if you want to learn more about how arthritis pain can be managed through physical therapy. We’ll help you manage your pain so you can get back to living your life!