The pain and crippling loss of function of Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis plagues millions of people, causing a loss of quality of life. While there are many medications that are used to reduce the symptoms, many have disabling side effects of their own. Physical therapy can be used at a treatment option, helping reduce the pain of both types of arthritis and increase mobility in many those suffering from this disease.
Types of Physical Therapy Treatments
While there is a difference in the causes of Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis, when it comes to the pain they cause, they are very similar. Both lead to inflammation in the joints which is painful and often results in loss of function. However, they also both respond positively to physical therapy treatments that can increase circulation, mobility and strength of the joints. Some of the treatments used in physical therapy for arthritis include:
- Aquatic therapy
- Manual therapy
- Dry needling
- Muscle energy techniques
Physical therapists work with each patient’s unique areas of pain and loss of mobility. Through the use of various treatments and techniques, plus education on living with arthritis, physical therapists can greatly improve the level of functionality for suffers of arthritis.
If you have been diagnosed with either Rheumatoid Arthritis or Osteoarthritis, consider the benefits of adding physical therapy to your treatment program. Only treating the symptoms of pain and inflammation with medication can lead to further disability. Using specialized movement and other treatments under the close supervision of a physical therapy professional can greatly improve your quality of life and give you back the mobility that arthritis pain has taken away.
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