Five Ways Physical Therapy Helps Arthritis

Find out how physical therapy decreases arthritis pain, increases mobility and allows sufferers to resume an active lifestyle.

Chances are good that you know at least one person living with arthritis. It affects nearly 21 million adults in the United States alone. Arthritis is autoimmune disease caused by a breakdown of cartilage and the most common cause of disability in the country. It can cause mild pain and inconveniences for some patients yet be completely debilitating for others. Depending on its severity, arthritis can be managed through lifestyle changes like diet and exercise, pain medications, and physical therapy.

The purpose of physical therapy is decreasing pain while allowing patients to continue with their daily lives as normally as possible. May is Arthritis Awareness Month and we encourage you to take a moment to read how physical therapy can help people living with arthritis:

  1. Physical therapy often involves learning exercises you can do at home that can help preserve the strength and use of joints.
  2. Some physical therapists use water aerobics as a way to exercise without placing pressure on the spine. Exercise can help patients lose weight, which will also put less pressure on painful joints.
  3. Physical therapy involves stretching, which helps reduce stress on arthritic joints.
  4. Physical therapists teach patients how to use walking aids like canes, crutches or walkers if and when they are needed.
  5. Physical therapy may involve heat therapy to improve blood circulation and ice therapy to help reduce joint swelling and relieve arthritis pain.

These are just a few of the many ways that physical therapy can help arthritis. You can learn more about arthritis, physical therapy and many other medical issues at Denton Regional Medical Center’s comprehensive online Health Information center.

From diagnosis to treatment, the Orthopedic Care Team at Denton Regional Medical Center provides the expert care you need to live a happy, active life. A few of the many orthopedic services we offer include sports medicine, joint replacement and reconstruction and physical therapy. For more information, visit us online or call 1-855-477-DRMC for a physician referral.

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