How to Manage Your Arthritis and Joint Pain

Many patients find physical therapy an essential part of arthritis treatment. Physical therapy can help patients cope with pain and disability caused by arthritis. Because there is no cure for arthritis, the focus of treatment is on disease management.
What makes us different:

A patient’s doctor and physical therapist work together to define goals for physical therapy. The patient’s input is necessary too, to establish their priorities — in other words, what the patient feels he should be able to do. Together, the physical therapist and the patient set goals to work towards what is realistically achievable.
What sets us apart is that you will first see one of our Rehabilitative Medicine specialists who will work more directly with our Physical Therapists to customize a rehabilitative program to fit your specific needs. The rehabilitation program created for you may include pain medication that will work to allow you to progress more rapidly and result in even greater gains, compared to working with a Physical Therapist alone.

The condition of the patient’s joints (including strength, flexibility, and deformity) as well as muscle strength and physical endurance must be considered when a treatment plan is developed for physical therapy. By setting goals and working hard at physical therapy, patients can usually improve physical function (enhance their ability to perform daily living activities.)

Exercise is Beneficial for Arthritis Patients

An appropriate exercise plan can reduce joint pain and stiffness, while improving muscle strength, joint flexibility, balance, coordination, and endurance. What is appropriate exercise? An exercise program that takes into consideration physical limitations and plans for gradual improvement is appropriate. A physical therapist is able to assess each patient individually and teach the patient how to perform range-of-motion exercises, strengthening exercises, and aerobic exercises.

How to Manage Your Arthritis and Joint Pain

Arthritis occurs when there is inflammation of a joint. Arthritis can cause pain and swelling of joints. Treatment of arthritis may require medications, activity modifications, injections, or even joint replacement surgery.

Symptoms of Arthritis

Common symptoms of arthritis include joint pain, swelling, and limited movement. The severity of symptoms of arthritis tends to correspond to the degree of inflammation of the joint.

  • Symptoms of Arthritis
  • Joint Popping /Cracking and Arthritis
  • Joint Swelling
  • Limited Joint Motion
  • Bone Spurs

Arthritis Treatments

Once you have determined the type of arthritis, you can review potential treatments for your condition. Most often, doctors will recommend trying simpler treatments for arthritis first to determine if your condition can be managed with minimal intervention.