Arthritis is a debilitating disease for millions of Americans. The Centers for Disease Control has shown that 1 in 2 people will have knee arthritis by the time they are 85, and 1 in 4 will develop painful hip arthritis. The good news is that you don’t have to live with arthritis pain or take constant medication. The right physical therapy can make all the difference.
Arthritis affects the cartilage of joints and most pain is due to wear and tear. However, the uneven wear and tear causes cartilage debris to shave off into the joint causing painful inflammation. This condition is made worse by a tightening of the joint tissue, loss of muscle strength supporting the joint and altered movement because of range of motion problems.
Physical therapy is one of the most important treatments for arthritis and makes a significant impact in your joint health. While arthritis can slow you down, it doesn’t have to. If you are suffering with arthritis, PT can change your life.
In physical therapy we focus on the following:
- Restoring natural pain free range of motion in your joints and around your joints
- Enhancing joint balance and function
- Teaching you what to do to protect your joints from further damage
- Although we cannot repair your cartilage, our treatments can reduce or completely alleviate your pain, and swelling while improving your ability to walk, run, bend or reach.