Physical Therapy for Arthritis Relief

Physical Therapy for Arthritis Relief

You probably already know how debilitating arthritis pain can be; how it can interfere with life's simplest joys, like jogging or playing with your grandchildren. What you might not know is that physical therapy could be your ticket to relief.

Whether you're suffering from arthritis in the knees, hips, back, or elsewhere, physical therapy is proven to be an effective option with benefits that exceed pain relief. Plus, you won't have to worry about the serious side effects that may accompany other treatments.

It's proven to alleviate your pain:

  • Studies suggest that hands-on physical therapy can lead to improvements in pain, joint function, and range of motion.1
  • International medical guidelines recommend physical therapy as an effective treatment for managing patients with arthritis.2,3

It's an option you should try first:

  • You won't have to worry about your physical therapy program making your arthritis worse or increasing your pain.2,3

Therapists are highly trained:

  • Physical therapists are experts at managing patients with movement disorders and have the advanced education and background to provide care to patients with arthritis.4

Chances are it will improve your overall quality of life:

  • A physical therapist can help you enhance your strength, flexibility, and endurance, which can help improve your quality of life.2,3
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References:

  1. Hoeksma HL, Dekker J, Ronday HK, et al. Comparison of manual therapy and exercise therapy in osteoarthritis of the hip: a randomized clinical trial. Arthritis Rheum. 2004;51(5):722-729.
  2. Brosseau L, Wells GA, Tugwell P, et al; Ottawa Panel. Ottawa Panel evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for therapeutic exercises and manual therapy in the management of osteoarthritis. Phys Ther. 2005;85(9):907-971.
  3. Van den Ende CH, Vliet Vlieland TP, Munneke M, Hazes JM. WITHDRAWN: dynamic exercise therapy for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008;(1):CD000322.
  4. Childs JD, Whitman JM, Sizer PS, Pugia ML, Flynn TW, Delitto A. A description of physical therapists' knowledge in managing musculoskeletal conditions. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2005;6:32.

NOTE: Physical therapy may not be for everyone, such as those who have a history of cancer, or severe systemic or neurological conditions; those who have experienced recent/significant unexplained weight loss, have structural deformities, have experienced a recent trauma resulting in fractures, or those who have used steroids.

Disclaimer: The information in this website is intended for informational and educational purposes only and in no way should be taken to be the provision or practice of physical therapy, medical, or professional healthcare advice or services. The information should not be considered complete or exhaustive and should not be used for diagnostic or treatment purposes without first consulting with your physical therapist, occupational therapist, physician or other healthcare provider. The owners of this website accept no responsibility for the misuse of information contained within this website.

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