Physical therapists are licensed professionals that can safely help you get back in motion again. Your PT can evaluate, diagnose and treat conditions like arthritis pain that are limiting your ability to function in your daily life. While at Allied Physical Therapy your physical therapist will determine your ability to do anything from playing sports to simply sitting or standing.
Did you know that people who have arthritis often have stiff joints because they avoid movement? The pain only gets worse when you stop moving. We have treatments to not only get you moving again, but to also reduce the pain of arthritis. Arthritis can cause your work and home life to suffer.
Our physical therapist will first design and customized treatment plan to add strength, flexibility, and balance to increase that joints function. Your PT may also recommend having assisting equipment such as braces or splints.
The most common type of arthritis is Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that is caused by the breakdown of the protective cartilage at the joint. This is a gradual breakdown that usually affects your hands, knees, spine and hips. This can be caused by your daily work and recreational activities. Physical therapy for osteoarthritis can add longevity to your career and recreational activities while decreasing your pain and allowing increased use of your joints.
What is a physical therapy appointment like?
Many physical therapy clinics have an “in and out” treatment method. We do things a little different at Allied Physical Therapy, we work with our patients using a hands-on approach. When you make an appointment with us we will set up a time for the therapist to evaluate your problem. The PT will speak to you about your goals to decrease pain and increase your function. It is at this time that it will be determined how many visits it may take to see progress (you can expect 2-3 visits per week). Using the latest equipment the PT will be focusing on decreasing your pain and then working on safely exercising the affected area.
So you aren’t taking one step forward and two steps back, it is very important that you consistently keep up with your appointments in order to achieve your health goals.