What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a common diagnosis that affects a majority of Americans. Its most common form is osteoarthritis. Typically it affects the articulating joints of the body such as the hip, knee, shoulder and hand. It can also affect the spinal column known as degenerative disc disease (DDD). Symptoms associated with arthritis are as follows:
These symptoms can affect an individual on a daily basis. Depending on the area that is affected some people may experience an inability to tolerate prolonged standing and/or walking. They may also complain of decreased independence with activities of daily living such as grooming, bathing, or reaching overhead. Some facts about arthritis:
How can physical therapy help?
Physical therapy is a conservative, non-invasive and effective way to treat arthritis. The primary focus of therapy is to regain overall ROM and flexibility to help improve joint mobility as well as increase strength and endurance for improved independence with daily activities. This is accomplished in the following ways:
In addition, physical therapy can also provide some residual benefits such as: