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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  • What a positive experience. I was blown away, with how willing to help me they were. I have an old brace, and wanted to tune it up. everyone in town, could care less, but they not only took it on, but made me feel respected. My new brace this year will come from them, no matter what.

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    Chris White
    6/28/2014

    The therapists really care about their patients. They take the time to research and trouble shoot the issues and adjust treatment as needed. Their techniques are not what mainstream would describe as "physical therapy" but it's an amazing and precise science that really works!! Thanks to the whole team for treating my ailments over the years.

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    Ami Veltrie
    5/28/2019

    Dynamic bracing offers not only physical theraphy, but also strain/counterstrain for chronic pain. I have tried lots of different things, but strain/counterstrain gives me the most relief from pain. Awesome, caring, skilled therapists

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    Carol Marley
    5/28/2019
  • I definitely recommend Dynamic Bracing & Physical Therapy. They are well organized and efficient in all areas including insurance processing and therapy.
    My Physical Therapist, Jesse Dunne, did a great job of explaining what my problem was with my back. She gave me exercises to do at home and did her “magic” to make my back pain free.
    She also put on classes for runners to help with our form, strength and agility. Jesse really knows her stuff. I guess that’s why she has a Doctor of Physical Therapy after her name.

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    Jim Hoppe
    5/08/2019

    The whole team here are so exceptional that words can barely describe. I have a condition that is rarely studied by doctors called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. I have seeked treatment by Chiropractors, Acupuncturist, etc, etc. The Strain Counter Strain treatments are beyond amazing in relieving my pain! I don’t want to miss the opportunity to tell everyone that they have some of the most modern and technological exercise equipment ever seen! And holy moly they have bracing for everything. I got a SI joint brace...yeah I said SI joint brace...who has ever heard of one of those? Anyhoo go see them if you have any type of pain from athletic muscle strains to chronic pain from EDS, MS, ALS, etc. I swear their practice can give you some relief. Andrea has magic in her hands!!

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    brian simmons
    5/28/2019

    Love love love this place! Jessi is the therapist that I see and she is super sweet and very professional. Jessi explains what she is doing and how it will help. Darcy at the front desk is always cheerful and very helpful with scheduling and billing. If you are looking for a physical therapy office you should definitely call dynamic physical therapy and bracing!

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    Wendi Soulia
    5/03/2019