Physical Therapy for Arthritis
Many people don’t realize that “arthritis” is a broad term that encompasses more than 100 diseases and conditions affecting the joints. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which occurs when the cartilage that cushions the ends of bones in your joints gradually deteriorates. Over time, joints can lose strength, and pain and stiffness may become chronic. In the United States, about a quarter of all adults have arthritis, making it a leading cause of work-related disability.
Part of the reason why people with arthritis have stiff joints is because they avoid the movements that can increase pain. However, by not moving arthritic joints, the stiffness and pain will only worsen. Therefore, physical therapy can be extremely beneficial for patients with arthritis. At Lexington Rehab Center, we offer physical therapy treatments that can help our arthritis patients preserve joint function and increase mobility and quality of life.
By working alongside an experienced physical therapist, you can expect to:
- Maintain or increase your range of motion. One of the main goals of physical therapy for our arthritis patients is to keep you mobile and capable of performing day-to-day activities with minimal pain and stiffness. While physical therapy can’t cure arthritis, it can increase your ability to move your joints through their full range of motion.
- Strengthen the muscles that support arthritic joints. When you have arthritis, building strength in the muscles surrounding your joints is very important. Stronger muscles can better stabilize a weakened joint.
- Learn body awareness. We teach our arthritis patients body awareness exercises to help prevent falls, promote relaxation, and to improve balance, posture, and coordination.
- Learn proper use of assistive devices. Your physical therapist can also show you how to properly use assistive devices (walkers, canes, shoe inserts, braces, etc.) that can relieve stress and ease joint pain and stiffness.
- Get tips on how to modify your environment. We’ll help you identify ways to modify your environment that will help make everyday tasks easier.
- Learn about the most effective pain-relieving therapies. From hot and cold therapy to topical pain medications, we can help you find the most effective pain-relieving therapies for your specific type of arthritis.
If arthritis is limiting your physical activity, Lexington Rehab Center can help you get moving safely and effectively with the help of a skilled physical therapist. We will develop an individualized plan of exercises to improve your flexibility, strength, coordination, and balance. As a partner practice of Step Ahead Therapy, we work with most major insurance carriers, and will always work with the referring provider to ensure the patient gets the best care possible. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!