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Does physical therapy help arthritis?

Does Physical Therapy Help Arthritis?

Although arthritis is a nonreversible condition, there are many effective treatment options that can help patients manage their symptoms. Among other options, physical therapy should be considered as part of any arthritis treatment plan due to the unique advantages it can offer. 

Since physical therapy is a practice based on improving the functioning, strength and flexibility of the whole body, it can help arthritis sufferers who are dealing with aches, pains and stiffness in the joints. To help you have a better understanding of what to expect, we’ve created the following overview of the specific physical therapy techniques that are often recommended to arthritis patients. 

If you have any questions or would like to learn more, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our caring team. 

How a physical therapist can help arthritis patients

The first step when meeting with a physical therapist is to undergo an evaluation to determine the sources of your symptoms. This generally involves a discussion of your daily activities, a series of movement and posture tests, and a review of your medical history, including any diagnostic imagery such as an X-ray or MRI. 

Once your therapist has identified painful areas and movements that are being impaired by stiff joints, he or she can collaborate with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that suits your needs. An arthritis treatment plan often includes: 

  • Strength and stability exercises to relieve pressure on the joints
  • Joint and soft tissue mobilization to improve range of motion
  • Aquatic therapy, which uses the natural buoyancy and resistance offered by water to ease pressure on joints while strengthening muscles
  • Myofascial release to break up knots of tense muscle fiber for pain relief and improved functioning

Physical therapy is a two-way street, and it’s helpful to take a proactive role with your treatment. You can help your therapist help you by keeping a treatment and symptom journal between sessions and taking any necessary steps to promote your health and wellness, such as eating a nutritious diet and practicing good posture. 

Experience the difference at Peak Performance

At Peak Performance Sports and Physical Therapy, our highly experienced and credentialed therapists are committed to delivering exceptional, patient-centered care. We’ll work with you one-on-one to find the right combination of therapies so you can get back to the people, activities and quality of life you’ve been missing. 

Start your treatment journey when you contact a member of our caring team and schedule your initial appointment.