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Arthritis

Arthritis is a debilitating disease for over 50 million Americans. The Centers for Disease Control has shown that 1 in 2 people will have knee arthritis by the time they are 85, and 1 in 4 will develop painful hip arthritis in their life. The good news is that you don’t have to live with arthritis pain or take constant medication. The right physical therapy can make all the difference.

Arthritis affects the cartilage of joints and most pain is due to wear and tear. However, the uneven wear and tear causes cartilage debris to shave off into the joint causing painful inflammation. This condition is made worse by a tightening of the tissue of the joint, loss of muscle strength supporting the joint and altered movement because of range of motion problems.

Physical therapy is one of the most important treatments for arthritis and makes a significant impact in your joint health. While arthritis can slow you, it doesn’t have to. If you are suffering with arthritis, PT can change your life.

In physical therapy we focus on the following:

  • Restoring natural pain free range of motion in your joints
  • Improving muscular support and strength around your joints
  • Enhancing joint balance and function
  • Teaching you what to do to protect your joints from further damage

Aquatic therapy is also very effective when treating arthritis. A pool or tank of warm water provides an ideal environment in which to exercise because its buoyancy counteracts gravity, thereby decreasing the weight placed on painful joints and the spine. In fact, when immersed to neck level, buoyancy supports 90 percent of the body’s weight. In waist-depth water, buoyancy can still support 50 percent of body weight. Diminished weight bearing stress is one of many of the advantages of pool therapy for patients with osteoarthritis.

 

Benefits of Water therapy

Patients with pain from osteoarthritis are often unable to perform many land-based exercises without exacerbating the pain. However, in a buoyant, gravity-reduced environment like water, gentle movements to improve strength, flexibility, and endurance are often possible. A primary goal of pool therapy is to teach participants new ways of moving, in fact retraining the musculoskeletal system to accommodate the effects of osteoarthritis.

People who have osteoarthritis of the spine , sometimes referred to as spinal arthritis, can benefit greatly from pool therapy. Osteoarthritis results when the cartilage between adjoining facet joints in the back portion of the spine has broken down, causing the joints to become inflamed and generate pain while sitting, standing or walking – any activity that places weight or friction on the spine. Consequently, the buoyancy of the warm water environment of pool therapy relieves the friction on the painful joints, which can be particularly pronounced in the lower back (lumbar spine) and the neck (cervical spine). In fact, some patients refer to pool therapy as a form of “floating traction” allowing them to stretch their spine and loosen and flex joints in a way that would be impossible if they weren’t in water.

While we cannot repair your cartilage, our unique treatments can reduce or completely alleviate your pain, swelling and improve your ability to walk, run, bend or reach.

Here are some of the different conditions we help:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Joint pain
  • Post-surgery recovery
  • Joint replacement recovery

Call us today to learn more how we can help you feel your best and enjoy life without arthritis pain

 

 

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