May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. According to the CDC, Arthritis is the most common cause of disability among adults in America. It limits everyday activities for millions of people. If you don't have arthritis, chances are someone you know does.
Unfortunately, there is no cure yet for arthritis. We are very grateful for organizations like the Arthritis National Research Foundation and The Arthritis Foundation who actively support and pursue cures.
However, there are a lot of current treatments that help arthritis. Physical therapy is one of them. Our physical therapists are excited when someone comes in with arthritis because of how much improvement these patients typically see. Patients seeing progress motivates us! The most common interventions included targeted exercise for range of motion and increased tolerance to load, joint manipulation, and dry needling. Many people walk out the first day with noticeable relief of their arthritis pain.
Another interesting fact is that arthritis is often considered the cause of pain as people age. However, there can be many other factors that affect the pain and arthritis may not be the primary cause. We will give you a thorough evaluation to determine how much arthritis plays a role in your pain to provide you with the best treatments.
The first steps in conquering arthritis are learning the facts, understanding the condition, and knowing that there is help along the way. Schedule an appointment today.
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a diagnosis that means you have pain related to changes in your cartilage, the bone below the cartilage, and inflammation of the synovial membrane. These changes often cause joint swelling, stiffness, and pain. Over 50 million people in the US have arthritis. You may be at risk if you are older in age, obese, have had previous joint injuries, or have a family history of arthritis.
Arthritis is a pain. (Literally!) But that doesn't mean you have to stop living. There are ways to treat it.
How can physical therapy help?
Physical therapy treats all kinds of physical pain and conditions through exercise and movement. But did you know physical therapy can help you treat your arthritis?
Physical pain from arthritis might tempt you to stay still as some movement can cause pain. You can avoid pain by not moving, but that won't help you out in the long run. Joints that don't move will stiffen even more and become even more sensitive to pain!
Physical therapy interventions help you increase your range of motion and decrease your pain. How does it do this? It improves the health of all the tissues in and around the joints and makes them more tolerant to activity.
Many people are skeptical that anything can be done for their arthritis. This is often because they have friends who haven't found relief or they've been told by another doctor that it's only going to get worse. This does not line up with our experience at Rainey Pain & Performance. It is rare that we don't see at least a 50% improvement in pain.
If you have been suffering from arthritis, it's time to stop struggling with it on your own. There are plenty of treatments available.
At Rainey Pain & Performance, we can help you find the best way to treat your arthritis through physical therapy. Our team of providers will come up with a treatment regimen specific to your individual needs. Schedule an appointment today!