Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and usually is caused by the deterioration of a joint. Typically, the weight-bearing joints are affected, with the knee and the hip being the most common. Osteoarthritis affects daily activity and is the most common cause of disability in the US adult population.
If diagnosed with osteoarthritis, our Physical Therapists can help patients better understand their diagnosis and it’s complications, provide treatments to lessen pain and improve movement, and offer education regarding obesity and healthy lifestyle choices. Visiting a Physical Therapist may help an affected individual avoid surgery and/or the use of prescription painkillers.
Although the symptoms of osteoarthritis are different for each person, starting an individualized exercise program and addressing risk factors can help relieve symptoms and slow the condition’s advance. Your Physical Therapist may:
- Use manual Physical Therapy to improve movement of the affected joints.
- Design an individualized exercise program to address your specific needs.
- Offer suggestions for adjusting your work area to lessen the strain on your joints.
- Design and teach you a home-exercise program to improve your strength and movement.
- Recommend simple lifestyle changes that will help with safe and healthy weight loss.
If you are suffering from osteoarthritis and are ready to do something about your pain, give us a call to schedule an appointment at 801-572-0690.