Arthritis is a condition in the joints that is characterized by inflammation. There are many types of arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Lupus and Gout are all types of arthritis. The one most commonly treated in outpatient physical therapy is osteoarthritis, or bone and joint arthritis.
The human body was designed to move. We move our bodies all day for basic functions. We also move more to keep in shape and to participate in sports and recreational activities for leisure. More movement, age, genes and even the environment can lead to more wear and tear in the joint.
Arthritis is characterized by pain and stiffness first thing in the morning, after prolonged positioning, with overuse and with limitations in range of motion. Conservative medicine like physical therapy cannot change the degeneration that has started to occur in the joint but your physical therapist can educate you on the condition, apply skilled joint and soft tissue mobilizations, prescribe the appropriate exercises to stabilize, strengthen and lengthen around the joint.
Arthritis is typically diagnosed by history and confirmed on radiograph. ActiveCare Physical Therapists are able to evaluate you to determine the type of arthritis you have and to get you started on a rehabilitation program. If additional testing is needed, we will refer you to the appropriate physician. Our patients are relieved to understand their condition and learn how to manage it. Our patients experience an immediate change in their symptoms during our treatment sessions. We use our hands or instruments to apply skilled joint and soft tissue mobilizations, kinesiology tape to support the joints and tailor a home exercise program to fit your needs.
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