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Arthritis

Arthritis is very common but is not well understood

Actually, “arthritis” is not a single disease; it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions. People of all ages, sexes and races can and do have arthritis, and it is the leading cause of disability in America.

Common arthritis joint symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. Symptoms may come and go. They can be mild, moderate or severe. They may stay about the same for years, but may progress or get worse over time. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities and make it difficult to walk or climb stairs. Arthritis can cause permanent joint changes.

Therapy options:

  • Therapeutic Exercise
    Progressive Resistive Exercise
    Aerobic Exercise
  • Physical Agent Modalities
    Neuromuscular Electric Stimulation – decrease pain increase muscle strength prevent atrophy
    Short Wave Diathermy – helps decrease pain by increasing circulation and blood flow to stiff joints to help increase flexibility.
  • Gait Training

For more information visit the Arthritis Foundation