At HealthPoint Rehabilitation, we work together with the other members of your healthcare team to create and implement a comprehensive treatment plan that best meets your specific needs.
Physical therapists (PTs) are movement and function experts that play an important role in helping you manage your arthritis. PTs focus on improving range of motion, strength, walking pattern and flexibility.
We teach you how to:
- Modify painful activities
- Adjust activity schedules and load
- Use home remedies such as ice or heat
- Adjust your exercise routines in accordance with the “good days” and “bad days” that arthritis brings
Aquatic Therapy for Arthritis
At HealthPoint Rehab, we offer aquatic therapy in our warm water pool. This is one of the best ways to exercise with hip, knee or lower back problems. Our therapists will be right in the water with you, teaching you effective ways to exercise with arthritis.
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis, or inflammation of a joint, is the leading cause of disability in the United States. It is estimated that approximately 27 million Americans have some form of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis and is often called “wear and tear” arthritis. OA is a degenerative joint disease in which the smooth cartilage that covers the bone wears away, causing pain and a destructive cycle of the joint surfaces.
Symptoms of Arthritis
Signs of arthritis include:
- Pain (often interferes with performing simple daily tasks)
- Stiffness that often occurs in the first 30 minutes upon waking or after long periods of sitting or inactivity
- Cracking, creaking, crunching or other joint noises with movement
- Deformity or overgrowth of bone around the joint
- Weakness of the muscles involved in the joint’s function
There is not a cure for arthritis, but the decline in function can be prevented or slowed by maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and addressing your pain. In fact, in 2014 a research study showed walking 6,000 steps per day reduced the functional limitations in adults with or at risk for arthritis.
Another study showed for every pound of weight loss, there was a 4 pound reduction on the stress of knee joints in those with osteoarthritis. Start your journey to a more active, less painful lifestyle and ask your physician about sending you to physical therapy to help you manage your arthritis symptoms.