Arthritis is a common degenerative disease that affects the joints in your body. There are over 100 different forms of arthritis that can develop. Arthritis can affect all different people of different ages. The symptoms of arthritis can range from mild to severe and often cause people little to no relief. A successful way to combat the signs of arthritis is through physical therapy. The physical therapists at Flowers Physical Therapy can provide exercise routines and stretches that can help treat the discomfort and pain you may be experiencing.
Common Forms of Arthritis
The two most commonly seen types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused by the wear and tear on your joints and cartilage over time. This can result in bone-on-bone grinding, which can produce pain and discomfort as well as limited range of motion. Rheumatoid arthritis is another common form of arthritis. This happens when your immune system attacks the tough outside membrane that surrounds the joints. As a result, you may experience swelling and inflammation and even cartilage and bone destruction over time.
Arthritis symptoms can develop over time or rapidly and may include:
If you are living with arthritis and are looking for a way to treat your symptoms, physical therapy may be the solution. Our physical therapists can not only help to rehabilitate your condition but to help you understand more about your arthritis and what you can do to ease your discomfort. Through the process of therapeutic exercises, we will be able to help you relieve pain as well as improve range of motion.
In addition to performing exercises, stretches can also be a great way to combat arthritis symptoms. Performing stretches can be especially useful when you feel tightness in your joints. By stretching, you can loosen your muscles and joints and make it easier to move and walk around without experiencing tightness and discomfort. At Flowers Physical Therapy, we are committed to helping our patients treat and relieve their arthritis discomfort. If you would like to make an appointment with us, be sure to contact us today.