ARTHRITIS

Pain Relief for Arthritis

 

Has getting in and out of your favorite chair become one of your least favorite activities? Do your joints feel decades older than the rest of you? Do you wish you could enjoy all your favorite activities without paying the price in pain and stiffness? If so, you’re probably one of the millions of Americans struggling with arthritis. The Cleveland Clinic states that as many as 1 in 5 people in the U.S. experience some form of this joint disorder. Drugs may promise temporary pain relief from arthritis. However, their risks and side effects can outweigh the limited benefits they provide for your aching joints. But there’s a way to obtain a healthier, more effective form of relief — by contacting our physical therapist today and scheduling a course of physical therapy.

 

What Is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a more complicated challenge than many people realize, if only because the term really just describes any condition that causes chronic joint pain and inflammation. Over 100 different disorders fall into this broad category, including:

  • Osteoarthritis – A degenerative joint condition and the most common form of arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – the second-most common form of arthritis, in which auto-immune reactions target (in in some cases, disfigure) the joints
  • Psoriatic arthritis – Another type of arthritis triggered by the immune system, seen in individuals who also have psoriasis.
  • Gout – A painful form of arthritis that likes to attack the joints of the toes.

 

What Causes Arthritis?

Different kinds of arthritis can attack different segments of the population, from children to the elderly. Osteoarthritis typically develops as the joints undergo a lifetime of wear and tear. It can also occur more quickly in joints that receive lots of punishment through repetitive motion. (such as the knees and ankles of runners or the shoulders and elbows of baseball pitchers) Obesity can also contribute, since extra weight means extra stress on joints. (Obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and poor diet also figure heavily in gout.)

The body’s own defense mechanism can turn into your joints’ worst enemy. In rheumatoid arthritis, for instance, the immune system launches a misguided attack against the tissues of the joints. Even a more accurately-targeted response against a proper germ can produce the inflammation of infectious/septic arthritis.

 

How Physical Therapy Helps Arthritis

Standard medical recommendations for arthritis include drugs and, in the most extreme cases, surgery. Most of the medications available for arthritis can do nothing more than ease pain and swelling for a few hours. Typically, these treatments provide no meaningful aid to joint health and flexibility. At the other end of the scale, invasive surgery to fuse arthritic joints creates its own set of painful issues while permanently robbing you of joint motion. Physical therapy can help you achieve more pain-free flexibility and mobility, on a lasting basis, without any of the downsides of these other treatments.

Our physical therapist will get to know your arthritis in as much detail as possible before recommending a physical therapy program. Once we understand the underlying cause of your arthritis, and exactly how that arthritis is affecting your quality of life, we can devise a personalized treatment regimen which may include:

  • Exercise – The Arthritis Foundation heartily recommends physical therapy exercises for osteoarthritis; this approach can also prove invaluable for rheumatoid arthritis. Depending on the severity of your condition, we may prescribe underwater exercises, passive range of motion exercises, strengthening exercises to stabilize the joints, and/or light aerobic exercise to get the blood flowing and boost your cardiovascular wellness.
  • Soft tissue therapies – Manual therapy techniques such as Swedish massage therapy or deep tissue therapy can do a great deal to relieve arthritis pain, stiffness, and inflammation. Low-level laser therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, and other soft tissue therapies can also help.
  • Dietary and lifestyle changes – Our physical therapist can recommend specific strategies to get your weight down, improve your nutritional balance, and adopt a more joint-healthy lifestyle.

If you have the symptoms of arthritis pain, feel free to set up a detailed evaluation with one of our trained therapists.

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  • Before I met Andrea, I was receiving counterstrain therapy at a different location. When that therapist retired, she recommended me to Andrea, and I haven't looked back! Nobody else has been able to so effectively treat my wide range of issues (everything from hypermobility to severe neck issues caused by a car crash) with such a friendly caring attitude! You can tell she truly cares about the health and well-being of all of her patients, and I highly recommend her to anybody seeking physical therapy or even pain relief from any issue. You won't regret it!

    I have been going to her for over five years now. Her style is to use strain and counterstrain techniques combined with strengthening exercises to best stabilize and strengthen your body. She listens to each of your concerns and can treat both the entire body and/or just a specific area. It is fascinating to feel the instantaneous relief as she works on me, and I always walk out the door feeling 10 times better than I walked in.

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    10/04/2019

    Got knee braces there in june 2017. They gave me good service.

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    Rob Engley
    12/28/2018

    Love these guys! Staff is great!
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    2/12/2020
  • I can't believe how much relief I get from going to Andrea and Jessie. I have been going to them for 5 years off and on. I go in for about 6 sessions about every 6 months for counter strain. They help reduce my pain and lymphedema due to breat cancer and radiation. Nothing else works. Not even at home stuff. I can enjoy doing things again just from the treatments. I reccomend them to every one. It is AMAZING!!!!

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    Bobbi-Jo Thomas
    8/28/2019

    Love working with Andrea. She is extremely knowledgeable in what she does and takes time to really listen to what is causing pain. I have seen a huge improvement! Wonderful for prenatal and postpartum!

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    5/28/2019

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