Types of physical therapy for arthritis relief

treatment arthritis relief

There are several forms of arthritis, with the most common being osteoarthritis. This is a naturally occurring, age-related condition that causes the breakdown of protective joint cartilage that allows for smooth movement. The increased bone-on-bone contact leads to friction and inflammation that causes aches, pains and stiffness. These symptoms can range from mild to severe, but can have a significant impact on your quality of life no matter what by making it difficult to spend time with loved ones or perform basic tasks. 

While this is not a reversible condition, there are a number of effective treatments, including physical therapy for arthritis. Physical therapy is an all-natural approach that uses your own body to help mobilize and stabilize your joints while strengthening the surrounding connective tissue. 

Holland Physical Therapy can help you improve your quality of life and better manage your symptoms if you’re living with arthritis. We believe that educating yourself as a patient can help you be more engaged with the treatment process, which is why we’re providing the following information about how we can help. 

What types of physical therapy techniques can help arthritis symptoms?   

When you meet with a physical therapist to receive arthritis treatment, you can expect to first receive a full assessment that involves questions about your symptoms, review of your medical history and movement tests to determine range of motion and any movements that cause pain. 

From there, he or she can work with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan based on the information gathered from the assessment. This includes methods such as the following: 

 

  • Manual therapy — This includes therapeutic massage, joint mobilization and soft tissue mobilization that can improve circulation and reduce inflammation. 
  • Therapeutic exercise — These are targeted stretches and movements that can be performed by the patients themselves or with the assistance of a therapist to improve balance and stability while strengthening surrounding muscles. 
  • Other techniques — Options like dry needling have been shown to help relieve arthritis symptoms for some patients. Your therapist can discuss if these methods could be right for you. 

 

It is also important to practice a healthy lifestyle if you’re dealing with arthritis, this includes getting regular exercise and supplementing your in-clinic sessions with exercises that can be provided by your therapist. 

Arthritis treatment with the caring team at Holland Physical Therapy

We’re passionate about providing highly-personalized care to everyone who comes to us for relief. For more information about our arthritis treatment options and to schedule your initial appointment, please contact us today.