How does physical therapy help arthritis?

How Does Physical Therapy Help Arthritis?

Arthritis can refer to a number of conditions that cause joint inflammation, but most commonly refers to osteoarthritis. This is a condition that is associated with the natural aging process and breakdown of the protective cartilage that allows for smooth joint motion. When this occurs, increased friction between bones causes inflammation that is related to a number of symptoms. No matter what the underlying cause, arthritis sufferers can experience stiffness, aches, pains, and a cracking and popping sensation called crepitus. 

In many cases, symptoms can be mild and may only represent a mild inconvenience for everyday activities, but in more severe situations, they can have a large negative impact on your quality of life. Arthritis is a nonreversible condition that does not currently have a cure, but there are effective treatments that can help you manage symptoms, including physical therapy. 

The team at Continuum Wellness is always here to help. If you have any questions as you read this guide, or would like to learn more about how we can help, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our representatives today. 

Physical therapy for arthritis 

The main objective of physical therapy as an arthritis treatment is to relieve pressure on the joints and improve range of motion. This is accomplished through a number of treatment methods designed to strengthen supporting muscles, mobilize joints and soft tissue, and increase nutrient-rich blood flow to the area. This can include: 

  • Active and passive therapeutic exercise
  • Manual therapy 
  • Dry needling 
  • Joint mobilization

The exact treatment plan will vary based on your specific diagnosis and after receiving a full evaluation that includes movement and posture tests. You will also typically receive education and instruction on lifestyle changes and choices you can make to help manage your arthritis pain. 

Experience the Continuum difference

Our team has decades of experience treating a wide range of conditions that cause pain and disrupt normal functioning, including arthritis. When you come to us for relief, our caring team of clinicians will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. 

You don’t have to let arthritis run your life. Contact us today to schedule your initial appointment and start your journey toward relief.