Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. It can affect one joint or multiple joints. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, with different causes and treatment methods. Joint pain, stiffness, and swelling are the most common symptoms of arthritis. A patient’s range of motion may also decrease, and they may experience redness of the skin around the joint.
Often the stiffness caused by arthritis gets worse because patients avoid movements that can increase pain. By not moving arthritic joints, however, the stiffness and pain only get worse. Although arthritis cannot be reversed, arthritis symptoms often can be effectively managed through physical therapy and exercise. A physical therapist can teach patients how to work out stiffness without further damaging joints. It can also improve range of motion and make patients more mobile. Physical therapy also is useful after an injury, such as from a fall, and after joint surgery, especially for artificial joint replacement.
Occupational therapy can also help patients manage arthritis pain. OTs can teach patients how to reduce strain on joints during daily activities. Occupational therapists can show patients how to modify their homes and workplace environments to reduce motions that may aggravate arthritis. OTs can also help patients learn how to avoid arthritis triggers while engaging in their usual everyday activities.
Are you bogged down by arthritis pain? Contact Blue Sky today to see how our physical and occupational therapists can improve your pain and quality of life.