Arthritis Specialist

Back To Health Physical & Occupational Therapy

Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapists located in Sheepshead Bay/Avenue Z, Brooklyn, NY

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States and can affect both children and adults. Back to Health Physical & Occupational Therapy in Brooklyn, New York, wants nothing more than to help you continue to do the things you enjoy without pain or limitations by offering the most advanced therapeutic techniques to restore function and mobility to your affected joint. Call the office or schedule an appointment using the online booking button at the state-of-the-art facility most convenient to you, which includes Sheepshead Bay, Midwood, Ditmas Park, or Bensonhurst.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a medical condition that causes pain and inflammation in your joints. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, some of the most common include:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and develops when the cartilage that cushions your joints wears away, allowing the bones to rub together. Spondylosis is a type of osteoarthritis that affects the spine and is a common source of back pain.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition in which your own body’s immune system attacks the lining of your joints.

Gout

If you have high levels of uric acid in your blood, it may settle in your joints and cause pain. This type of arthritis is referred to as gout.

Arthritis is a progressive condition, which means it worsens over time. However, you can take steps now to reduce the pain and discomfort and the effects it may have on your quality of life.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Arthritis symptoms involve the affected joint. Your symptoms may include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Redness
  • Stiffness

Arthritis can affect any joint, including the joints that make up your spine.

You may be at greater risk of developing arthritis if you have a family history of it, you’re obese, or you previously injured the joint.

How is arthritis treated?

Treatment for your arthritis may depend on the type of arthritis you have. Your practitioner can help you develop a well-rounded treatment plan to reduce pain and improve mobility.

Treatment may include:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Prescription medication

Your physician may also recommend physical therapy to assist in reducing joint pain and improve function.

What type of therapy can I expect for my arthritis?

The therapists at Back to Health Physical & Occupational Therapy use evidence-based treatments to help reduce pain and inflammation and improve range of motion in the affected joint. Your therapist creates an individualized treatment plan based on your current health, the severity of your symptoms, and your ultimate goals.

Treatment may include:

  • Manual therapy
  • Kinesio® Taping
  • An exercise program to strengthen surrounding muscles

Your therapist also develops a home exercise program to help you continue to make gains when you’re not in therapy so you can improve faster.

Back to Health Physical & Occupational Therapy also provides post-surgical orthopedic rehabilitation after your joint replacement surgery.

For advanced therapy for your arthritis, call Back to Health Physical & Occupational Therapy today or use the online booking tool.

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