How Physical Therapy Can Help with Arthritis Treatment

Millions of people are diagnosed with arthritis every year. In the U.S., about 54 million adults and 300,000 children have this disease. The number of sufferers is expected to reach 78 million by 2040.

This degenerative disorder comes in many forms, affecting your flexibility and range of motion. There are over 200 different types of arthritis, and each has distinctive characteristics. Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, and fibromyalgia are the most common.

Physical therapy has emerged as the primary form of arthritis treatment. It’s safe and provides lasting results, leading to greater mobility, enhanced flexibility, and pain relief. Here is how physiotherapy can help arthritis sufferers:

Lasting Pain Relief

Clinical evidence shows that physiotherapy can reduce arthritis pain to a greater extent than usual rheumatology care. A qualified therapist can prescribe ice and heat packs, shoe inserts braces, splints, and other arthritis treatment options to relieve pain and improve joint function.

Improved Posture

Over time, arthritis can affect your posture and cause damage to your damage. A physical therapist will teach you breathing techniques and recommend exercises that improve your posture and strengthen the muscles around your spine. He may also use massage, manipulation, and other methods that support spine health and offset the harm caused by this disease.

Furthermore, a physiotherapist can suggest modifications to your environment, such as ergonomic desks and chairs, to fix postural imbalances and relieve pain. If necessary, he will show you how to use canes, walkers, and other assistive devices.

Increased Flexibility and Range of Motion

People with rheumatoid arthritis are eight times more likely to have functional disabilities compared to the general population. This chronic disease affects the structures around your joints, causing stiffness, pain, loss of balance, and limited loss of motion.

Physiotherapy can improve your ability to move around and perform everyday tasks. In clinical trials, therapeutic exercises have been shown to enhance balance, functional mobility, and biomechanics. This form of arthritis treatment not only relieves pain and discomfort but also improves your overall fitness, increases muscle strength, and enhances your flexibility.

If you’re overweight or obese, the physiotherapist will prescribe exercises that aid in weight management. Even the slightest weight loss can improve arthritis symptoms and make everyday activities easier. The extra pounds put pressure on your spine and joints, making pain worse.

Enhanced Mental and Physical Well-Being

Many of the treatments used in physical therapy stimulate the release of endorphins, the so-called “happiness” or “feel-good” hormones. These brain chemicals lift your mood and increase pain threshold. At the same time, they act as natural pain relievers without the side effects associated with opioids and other drugs.

Therapeutic massage, for example, assists your brain in producing endorphins and relieves stress. It also promotes mental well-being, relaxes your body, and improves mobility. In the long run, it may lower your risk of depression and anxiety, which are common among arthritis sufferers.

Just because you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis, it doesn’t mean you should stop living your life to the fullest. Physical therapy can restore your strength and range of motion, elevate your mood, and improve your fitness. Contact us so we can help you! Arthritis treatment is just one call away 888.312.5764

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