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How Physical Therapy Can Help Arthritis

Arthritis is a condition involving the inflammation of the joints which affects millions of people on a day-to-day basis. This uncomfortable and painful disease unfortunately has no cure, but can be made more manageable through specific treatments.

Physical therapy is a popular method for pain reduction. A physical therapist will work with you based on the extent of your arthritis, your level of pain or stiffness, and your work and lifestyle in order to provide a personalized movement plan.

It is important that you seek the advice of a certified medical professional before starting an exercise program. Due to the nature of joint inflammation, a self-prescribed program can cause the inflammation to get worse and in effect cause even more pain.

A physical therapist will perform exercises and activities during your session that will reduce discomfort caused by joint inflammation. He or she will also provide you with specific exercises helping you continue your progress at home. It is important to follow your physical therapist’s advice and treatment plan as you will get maximum results by repeating the movements as directed.

Based on the information you give your physical therapist regarding your work and home environment, he or she can also provide you with recommendations that will improve your quality of life, such as specific pillows and chairs, that can hopefully reduce the number of flare ups.

A physical therapist can also help guide you through making the safest movements for your specific joint conditions. Activities such as walking, bending, and sitting, if done incorrectly, can cause even more pain.

Although it is unfortunate that arthritis has no cure, taking the steps towards pain management can have a huge effect on your day to day activities. By working with a physical therapist, you will increase your range of motion, reduce stiffness and pain, and increase your quality of life!

We feel like we have the best physical therapists around. Did you know you don’t need a referral to get help from a Physical Therapist? Direct access is available for you, please call us and set up an evaluation so we can help get you back on your feet. In Orange County we offer Physical Therapy in Chester, Goshen, Monroe, Port Jervis, and Montgomery. Westchester County has Physical Therapy in Armonk, Bedford, and Hawthorne. In Ulster County, we offer Physical Therapy in Wallkill, while in Sullivan County you can get Physical Therapy in Liberty. To round out our 12 locations in New York, those living in Rockland County can go to Physical Therapy in New City as well as Pomona. If you happen to live in PA, we also have Physical Therapy in Milford and Dingmans Ferry of Pike County. Give us a call today!