Arthritis

The Role of a Physical Therapist towards those suffering from arthritis

  • Promote maximal physical function
  • Reduce pain
  • Increase and maximize joint mobility
  • Increase muscle strength
The main symptoms of arthritis are
  • pain
  • muscle aching
  • joint stiffness
  • swelling
Impairments that can come from arthritis

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When trying to exercise with arthritis

  • choose exercises that build muscle around your joints
  • focus on range of motion exercises
  • do low-impact exercises (walking, cycling or water aerobics)

What exercises to avoid

  • Running
  • Jumping
  • Tennis
  • Inactivity
  • Repeating the same movement again and again
QUICK FACTS ON ARTHRITIS:

  • The leading cause of disability in the United States
  • The third leading cause of work limitation
  • Costing the nation $128 billion annually
  • Research has proven that physical therapy with medical management enhances function and independence