What Is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a disease that causes stiffness and inflammation in the joints. It can affect men, women, and children. An official diagnosis is usually made by a physician. Your doctor may examine your joints, take a complete medical history, and order urinalysis and blood panel tests. The following are several symptoms of arthritis:
- Redness and swelling
- Limited joint functioning
- Loss of cartilage
- Bone growth, particularly in the fingers
- Fatigue, fever and weight loss
- Genetics – Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid can run in families.
- Age – The likelihood that you’ll suffer from some type of joint inflammation increases with age.
- Obesity – Excess weight will put extra stress on joints, especially those in the spine, hips, and knees.
- Previous Injuries – If you’ve previously suffered an injury in a joint, you are more likely to suffer from inflammation in that particular area.
How Physical Therapy Helps Arthritis pain?
Currently, there is no cure for joint inflammation and damage. Medication is often prescribed for arthritis pain but only offers temporary relief. A physical therapist can help provide you with long-term relief from debilitating pain and symptoms. A trained therapist can put together a detailed treatment plan that addresses your individual needs and health goals. Physical therapy can aid in restoring your lost mobility and prevent further mobility loss from occurring. It’s crucial to start treatment as soon as possible to receive the best outcome.
Arthritis is a debilitating disease that affects over 54 million Americans. It’s also the most common disability in the country, making it difficult for many people to perform daily activities without experiencing pain. The pain and inability to perform normal routines often increase with time. If you’re living with this condition, a physical therapist may be able to help you eliminate arthritis pain and increase your mobility. Contact Us Today at Covington & Mandeville, LA Centers for a consultation.
Causes of Arthritis
There are two general types of arthritis. These include rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common type and is characterized by damage to the cartilage in joints. This type is also referred to as degenerative. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your body’s own immune system begins to attack the lining in the joints. This type is sometimes called inflammatory. Infectious and metabolic are also different types of joint inflammation.
After enough damage has occurred, the results can be both painful and debilitating. Sometimes bones will grind on one another. In some cases, both the bones and cartilage are destroyed. There can be several causes of arthritis. According to the Mayo Clinic, causes and risk factors include the following:
A physical therapist can create a treatment program that addresses your individual condition. This may include exercises tailored to improve strength, mobility and joint usage. A therapist can also teach you how to correct your posture to protect joints and how to properly use walking aids if needed. Physical therapy may also entail other methods such as joint protection techniques, thermal treatments, laser therapy, and using heat and ice to eliminate pain and relax your muscles. It’s important to consistently follow your therapist’s instructions and practice your exercises at home on a regular basis. If your condition changes, your physical therapist may alter your treatment and change your exercise program.
There’s no reason that chronic pain and stiffness should affect your daily life. Our physical therapy team can evaluate your condition and design specific treatments that will help you get back to your daily routine. Make an appointment and get started on a treatment plan as soon as possible. Don’t suffer from arthritic pain another day!
Because arthritis is a catch-all term, pinpointing what causes arthritis may be difficult. In most cases, arthritis is caused by overuse, wear and tear, or injuries. It is also possible for this to be caused by infections, such as Lyme disease, an immune system dysfunction, such as rheumatoid arthritis, or an abnormal metabolism, which can lead to gout.
There are over 100 different types of arthritis, containing monoarthritis (where only one joint is affected) and oligoarthritis (where multiple joints are affected). Some of the most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which develops from “wear and tear” of cartilage, and rheumatoid arthritis, which develops from overactive immune systems.
Targeted exercises can help ease your arthritic pains. It is possible to maintain an active lifestyle while living with this pain, but you may need some assistance. Your physical therapist will conduct a physical evaluation to determine what the best course of treatment will be for you. Your physical therapist will then guide you through prescribed gentle exercises that become more intensive as you progress in your treatments, in order to help you achieve your highest levels of physical capability.
Regardless of the cause of this pain, physical therapy plays a major role in the treatment of its symptoms. Physical therapy should always be the first method of treatment, before resorting to more aggressive procedures, such as surgery. In fact, in many cases, physical therapy can even eliminate the need for risky treatment methods altogether, such as harmful pain-management drugs or invasive surgical correction. If the condition is severe and surgery is required, physical therapy can also help you prepare and recover from your procedure
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