Arthritis Progression

A physical therapist will perform a thorough examination and design an exercise program to overcome weakness. These exercises may include manipulation, massage and electrical stimulation.

Whether you have rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, regular physical activity will slow the progression of joint pain.

How physical therapy alleviates arthritis pain. Read more for insights on effective exercises and personalized strategies for relief.

Strengthen Your Muscles

Exercise can help lubricate the joints for smoother movement and build muscle strength to stabilize them. It can also help control weight to take stress off the joints, and improve balance and coordination that can reduce or eliminate injuries and prevent future problems.

Aerobic exercises, such as walking, swimming or biking, get the heart pumping to strengthen the muscles and increase endurance. It’s important to stick to the number of aerobic exercises and time of day recommended by a physical therapist.

PT can also include stretching, and other manual techniques to prevent scar tissue formation and loosen tight muscles.

This can prevent a build-up of fluid in the joints, which increases pressure on the affected area and causes pain and stiffness. It can also improve range of motion and prevent the formation of deformities such as bumps and lumps in the joints.

Avoid Over-Exercising

A therapist can help a person find the right balance of exercise and rest. They can teach patients to manage pain and prevent it from getting worse by following a program that includes flexibility exercises, aerobics and muscle-building strength training.

Aerobic exercise improves …