Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that affects the cartilage in your joints. It can be caused by trauma or degeneration and can lead to pain and disability. The most common treatments for osteoarthritis are exercise therapy and total joint replacement.
The most commonly treated arthritic body parts at c.h. Physical TherapySM are knees, hips and shoulders. Proper strengthening and stretching can reduce arthritis pain by redirecting the pressure from the arthritic joint to the surrounding muscles and other healthy joints. (Miyagawa H et al. J Phys Ther Sci 2016). If you have knee arthritis, strengthening your hips and thighs can reduce knee pain by shifting the pressure from your knee to your thigh (Tanaka R et al. J Phys Ther Sci 2015). However, this must be done carefully to avoid injury to your knee. Our advanced training1 in exercise prescription assures that the prescribed movements minimize joint stress while stimulating muscles to become stronger.
Your doctor may recommend joint replacement because conservative treatments failed. If you have surgery, it’s important that you begin physical therapy soon thereafter to maximize joint function and long-term outcomes. (Tsukagoshi R et al. Eur J Phys Med Rehab 2014). This is especially true for hips and knees. Studies show that patients who participate in active physical therapy after joint replacement surgery have superior outcomes compared to those who do not (Coulter CL et al. J Physiother 2013).
Our physical therapists work closely with your physician to ensure uninterrupted and consistent care. Our services are covered by insurance, including Medicare and Family Care.
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