Arthritis

Arthritis is a common condition that becomes more common as we age. The root word "Arth" means joint and "itis" means inflammation. The two most common types of arthritis are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis usually occurs due to normal degeneration of the joint or overuse and is characterized by joint changes such as narrowing of joint space and bone spurs. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition, meaning that the body's immune system is not functioning correctly and attacks the joints.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness (especially in the morning)
  • Decreased range of motion and strength
  • Swelling and warmth

*However, these changes do not always lead to pain*

HOW CAN PHYSICAL THERAPY HELP?

Improvement of symptoms and function are common with physical therapy. Treatment focuses on exercises and manual treatment to improve range of motion, flexibility, joint mobility, and strength as well as helping patients learn to modify their activities to be more joint-friendly.

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