More than 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from arthritis which can affect one or more joints and cause symptoms such as pain, stiffness, and swelling. Often, those affected by arthritis avoid movements that increase pain which then results in even greater stiffness. However, motion can lubricate the joints and help those who suffer from arthritis and joint stiffness move better. Physical therapy is a great way to help manage arthritis through learning how to safely move through a pain-free range while also protecting the patient’s body from further damage.
How can Physical Therapy help with Arthritis?
Although arthritis cannot be reversed, the symptoms are often effectively managed through physical therapy and exercise by:
- Maintaining or increasing joint range of motion
- Strengthening the muscles that support an arthritic joint(s)
- Off-loading joints to reduce joint stress and pain
- Adjusting posture
- Performing activity modification to relieve joint pressure
- Preserving the ability to complete daily activities
Types of services we offer to relieve arthritis pain
Our physical therapists assist patients in understanding their arthritis and its complications, provide treatments to help reduce pain and improve movement, and offer education and healthy lifestyle choices by providing one or more of the following services:
- Exercise Programs – Exercise is one of the best ways to reduce pain, stiffness, and range of motion deficits associated with arthritis. Therapists can provide patients with a personalized exercise program that will assist with strength and mobility.
- Manual therapy – Joint and soft tissue mobilization are beneficial for those suffering from arthritis. Therapists can perform a variety of manual therapy techniques to aide in joints moving more smoothly.
- Massage therapy – Can help with relaxation while reducing pain and may help alleviate swelling and inflammation.
- Aquatic therapy – Aquatic therapy provides an ideal environment for patients to exercise because the buoyant force of water counteracts the downward pull of gravity, therefore, reducing the weight placed on the joints while allowing patients to experience the benefits of therapy.
- TENS therapy – Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS, is a physical therapy application that uses small pulses of electricity to target areas of arthritis pain. It is performed by placing electrodes on the skin surrounding the painful joint while low levels of electricity are targeted at the painful area which can temporarily relieve pain.
If you are suffering from arthritis, we want to help! We can compile a list of exercises and movements tailored to your needs for you to do in the comfort of your home. Below are the six outpatient clinics that we own and operate in Ohio and Florida. Blue Sky Therapy does not require a doctor’s script for physical therapy – simply call and schedule your appointment!
About Blue Sky Therapy
Blue Sky Therapy delivers innovative physical, occupational, and speech therapy services in skilled nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health care, in-home therapy, and outpatient therapy clinics. Our newest service line, Teletherapy, allows our therapists to work with patients virtually at home instead of in the clinic.