Many forms of arthritis can affect people of all ages, causing chronic and often severe joint pain. If your joints are stiff, sore, and affecting your mobility, Cleopatra Espinosa, MS, DPT, and Soujaniya Konada, DPT, of Elite Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, LLC, in Purchase, New York, can help. They provide effective treatments that ease arthritis pain and keep your joints moving. Find an effective way of managing your arthritis by calling their office or booking an appointment online today.
Arthritis is a musculoskeletal condition that affects your joints. It takes many different forms, but the most common is osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis typically affects people from middle age onward, although you can get it when younger if you incur a joint injury. The pain and stiffness in your joints typical of osteoarthritis are due to the cartilage covering the ends of your bones wearing away over time.
Another common type of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis. Unlike osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis tends to develop in younger people and is due to an autoimmune disorder. It causes severe joint inflammation and often distortion.
Arthritis is incurable and usually worsens as time passes. It can make daily living extremely challenging and result in significant disability.
Treatment options for arthritis are somewhat limited, and patients with arthritis often form a dependence on pain relief medication. Medical treatments include joint injections and, in severe cases, joint replacement surgery. Physical therapy can provide an effective, less drastic approach.
The treatments your therapist at Elite Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, uses to reduce your arthritis symptoms include:
Depending on your specific needs, your individualized care plan may include some or all of these. Your therapist undertakes a comprehensive review of your condition and considers other factors like your age and activity levels before preparing your treatment program.
Painful joints may make you resist exercise – or even movement – at times, but immobilization allows the joints to become even stiffer. Your physical therapist shows you how to keep your joints moving without making them too inflamed.
Your therapist can also help you improve your balance and coordination and show you how to perform tasks that are causing you difficulties. Moving in the right way slows down the progression of your symptoms and reduces your need to use powerful medications.
Being able to stay mobile also boosts your mental health. The constant discomfort and frequent bouts of pain the disease causes, as well as the stiffness and loss of strength, can be hard to live with. Physical therapy is a great way to combat the misery of living with arthritis.
If arthritis is making your life difficult, physical therapy with the experts at Elite Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation,could result in significant improvements. Call the office or book online today.