Is your arthritis getting in the way of your daily activities?
Did you know that 1 in 2 people will suffer from arthritis of the knee by the time they are 85 years old? More than 50 million Americans have experienced debilitating side-effects from the disease, however, at HealthQuest Physical Therapy, we can help!
Arthritis occurs when the cartilage in joints “breaks down” over time, causing pain with movement. Physical therapy is a very beneficial tool in the treatment of arthritis. Physical therapy focuses on the body’s ability to engage in movement. Movement can be anything from getting in and out of chairs to climbing stairs, walking in your neighborhood, playing a sport or doing recreational activities.
Once a joint is showing arthritic changes or degeneration, it’s true that degeneration will not reverse. However, research is showing more and more how physical therapy can often make changes in the pain you experience from a joint that is diagnosed with arthritis. Isn’t that great news?!
Goals of physical therapy in arthritis include improving the mobility and restoring the use of affected joints, increasing strength to support the joints, and maintaining fitness and the ability to perform daily activities.
Common arthritis-related conditions we treat:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Joint pain
- Post-surgery recovery
- Joint replacement recovery