The causes of arthritis (joint pain and inflammation) are many and their effect on joint function and structure varied. If left untreated, some forms of arthritis can be extremely debilitating and detrimental to overall health and well-being. As musculo-skeletal specialists, the therapists at iPOW Physical Therapy & Wellness are well-versed in the conditions that cause arthritis and the challenges they create.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Psoriatic Arthritis
- Juvenile Arthritis
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
While the types and causes of arthritis are numerous, the general goals for treatment remain relatively consistent:
- Reduce pain, swelling, inflammation
- Gradually restore joint strength, mobility, and function
- Prolong joint life and function through education and safe exercise
Our therapists concentrate on the unique challenges experienced by the individual who suffers with arthritis. Whether it's a painful and unstable knee that makes walking difficult (osteoarthritis) or swollen and painful finger joints (rheumatoid arthritis), our therapists create plans of care that emphasize pain reduction, improved joint function, and maintenance.
By far, the most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, often referred to as "wear and tear" arthritis. The most obvious feature of osteoarthritis is the deterioration of the cartilage that cushions and protects the ends of two articulating bones. Osteoarthritis occurs primarily in weight-bearing joints like the hip and knee and is often demonstrated on x-ray as diminished space between two bone ends. Phrases like "bone on bone" are frequently used to describe advanced osteoarthritis.
How does physical therapy help?
Our therapists use a variety of non-invasive treatment approaches, such as Class IV Deep Tissue Laser, heat, gentle joint mobilization, and joint compression to reduce swelling and inflammation. Depending on the type of arthritis, prescription medications may also play a role in managing inflammation. Once pain and inflammation are at manageable levels, your therapist will introduce simple mobility exercises to restore motion, taking care to avoid movements that are painful. After mobility is restored, an individualized exercise program will be created to gradually improve the integrity of all joint components (bone, muscle, tendons, ligaments). Finally, your therapist will introduce specific functional activities based on your activity preferences.
If you suffer from arthritis, contact iPOW Physical Therapy & Wellness today to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors of physical therapy. They'll help you determine the best course of treatment for your condition!
For those with arthritic knee pain, check out our Knee-Hab Program.