Relieve Your Pain Without Harmful Medications!
Arthritis is a common term used to describe over 100 different forms of joint pain and disease. Many people believe that arthritis affects only the aged, but this is far from reality.
According to Healthline, “the symptoms of arthritis usually develop over time, but they may also appear suddenly. Arthritis is most commonly seen in adults over the age of 65, but it can also develop in children, teens, and younger adults. Arthritis is more common in women than men and in people who are overweight.”
According to a report published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, around 30 percent of male athletes who frequently participate in contact sports such as football, basketball or soccer will experience arthritis in their knees and hips at some point.
Many people try to relieve their pain with counter-medications, but sadly, they can cause some unpleasant, long-lasting side effects. Don’t worry though – if you’re looking for natural and safe treatment for arthritis pain, physical therapy is a great choice! Get in contact with our office in Midland, MI today to learn how you can kick the pain management drugs while also alleviating your arthritis pain.
How can physical therapy help with arthritis relief?
You no longer have to live in pain. If your arthritis is in your hands, knees, or feet, or if it’s induced by age or playing sports, a physical therapist can help!
Bear in mind that every treatment regimen is different depending on the needs of the patient and their specific form of arthritis. The easiest way to start med-free care with physical therapy is to call and arrange an appointment with one of our therapists.
He or she will analyze your condition, determine the cause of your discomfort, ask you some health-related questions, and establish a specialized care plan specifically tailored to you and your needs.
What can I expect from physical therapy treatments?
Physical therapy is a 100% safe, natural, and effective method of pain management. Your physical therapist will be trained and licensed to handle your condition with care.
When you work with a physical therapist to manage arthritis pain, the ultimate goals will include preserving or restoring your normal range of motion, increasing muscle strength to reduce stress on the joints, and other natural treatment options.
Here are some of the benefits of working with our physical therapists:
- Improved posture: A physical therapist can help you to improve your posture, which will also help to reduce stress on your joints. Sitting and standing up straight does wonders for your pain!
- Weight control: Your physical therapist will work with you to control your weight through exercise and diet. Watching your weight prevents added stress on your joints, which is a leading cause of arthritis symptoms.
- Better sleep schedule: Your physical therapist will also recommend setting a solid schedule for rest and sleep to complement your exercises. Resting helps the body to heal faster and decrease arthritis inflammation and pain.
- Learn new exercises and stretches: Physical therapy treatment typically includes light exercises and stretching to help restore and increase range of motion in the affected painful areas.
The risks of arthritis medications
It is very normal for physicians to prescribe NSAID pain relief to patients with arthritis, such as Advil, ibuprofen, antibiotics, corticosteroids, or anti-rheumatic medicines. While they can provide immediate relief for pain, they all hold the risk of side effects, some of which may be very severe.
NSAIDs can increase the risk of developing a blood clot, having a stroke, or having a heart attack. Corticosteroids are not much better—they lead to elevated blood sugar levels, cataracts, and even bone loss, which is the last thing an arthritis patient wants!
Are you living with one of these types of arthritis?
Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. This particular condition is caused by a reduction in joint cartilage as it wears away over time. This degeneration causes bones to rub together, which leads to pain and swelling. Physical therapy can often help to reduce osteoarthritis pain without medication, especially if the arthritis is mild to moderate.
Inflammatory Arthritis: With some cases of arthritis, the body’s immune system will attack joint tissues and cause intense inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis is one example of this type of condition. Inflammatory arthritis often stems from a genetic cause, and it is usually treated with heavy doses of drugs and over-the-counter medications. However, depending on the severity of symptoms, physical therapy may be recommended for treatment as well.
Metabolic Arthritis: This kind of arthritis is typically caused by reduced kidney function. The most common type of metabolic arthritis is gout, a condition caused by uric acid crystals building up in the joints of the extremities, especially the feet. Physical therapy can help gout patients restore range of motion in the affected area and even reduce the buildup of the acidic crystals that accumulate in the joints.
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Say goodbye to harmful medication. Contact us today to get on the road to recovery from arthritis pain!