Are you suffering from arthritis? One in every four American adults suffers from arthritis symptoms. It’s best to look for the right options for managing the day to day aches and pains that often result in loss of mobility. Luckily, there are multiple things you can do combined with physical therapy. This combination can increase your flexibility, improve your strength, and help you manage your arthritis symptoms the right way.
Many arthritis symptoms are exacerbated by obesity. That being said, weight loss is one of the most effective ways to manage those symptoms caused by arthritis without taking any medication. Thankfully, physical therapists have the knowledge to create various weight loss or weight maintenance programs that increase blood flow for nutrient delivery throughout your entire body while taking pressure off your joints.
Hot & Cold
Temperature matters when it comes to arthritis. Many people have discovered that heat pack help to ease arthritis aches and pains. Others prefer cold packs. When applied on a regular basis, a cold pack will reduce swelling in the joints and relieve constant discomfort. It is recommended to alternate between the two. Alternating has proven to provide the perfect balance between the soothing comfort of heat with the anti-inflammatory properties of cold. However, it is imperative to consult with a medical professional about the proper procedures for applying both heat and cold in order to avoid any skin irritation.
Most people overlook the effects of their footwear choices on arthritis of the knee. A simple purchase of special footwear or adding insoles to your current footwear can result in immediate relief. Pressure will instantly be taken off your joints making it easier to exercise and move without pain.
It can be quite tempting to simply rest when you are uncomfortable. Nothing better manages arthritis like exercising on a regular basis. However, many people are not willing to begin an exercise program with arthritis due to a fear of injuring themselves in the process. Physical therapy can not only find the right exercise program geared towards your needs, but it can also provide you with a much desired long-term solution to keeping your arthritis symptoms under control. Your physical therapist will show you proper technique, a variety of different exercises for your condition, and how to wear any appropriate accessories like braces or wraps if needed.
Arthritis should not stop you from living the life you deserve. The combination of physical therapy, a specialized weight loss program, heat and cold, and footwear can help you manage your arthritis pain in the best way possible. Contact HealthQuest Physical Therapy today to get started on your personalized physical therapy program and start enjoying a symptom-free life!