How to Manage Your Arthritis

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Are you one of the millions of individuals around the world unsure of how to manage your arthritis?

There are a variety of conditions that contribute to the millions of people who suffer from arthritis. One of the most common of those is osteoarthritis. Arthritis has long been a source of chronic pain and has limited individuals from the things that they love. Whether its running, or daily walks with the dog, arthritis can significantly reduce functional activities. Although there is no known cure for this illness, there are numerous methods and treatments we can use to help one manage their pain and continue living an active lifestyle.

What is arthritis?

The term arthritis literally means “joint inflammation.” Arthritis is a breakdown of the cartilage between the joints which results in pain and inflammation.

Arthritis symptoms typically include:

  • Chronic pain in joints
  • Joint stiffness
  • Inflamed and tender joints
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Creaking, grating, or popping joints

Given this, a range of home remedies, pain modalities, and lifestyle adjustments, such as physical therapy, can greatly improve your healing process. 

How we treat Arthritis

The majority of physical therapy facilities concentrate on the precise area of pain. They use various pain management modalities including electrical stimulation and laser therapy. We have discovered, however, that the problem frequently results from compensation occurring elsewhere in the body. That being said, our treatment focuses on finding the root cause of this compensation utilizing a full body approach unique to each patient related not only to pain management, but arthritis progression prevention. For example, it depends on where the arthritis is located, but typically with arthritis there is excess strain on the joints and bones, and so by addressing a lot of muscle imbalances, reducing compensation, and using our hands-on treatments specific to fascial restrictions, we are able to provide longer lasting results.  

In addition, because we do not use a protocol or a one-size-fits-all approach, every patient who comes in receives their own personalized exercise/recovery program. We are committed to assisting you specifically because we understand that arthritis manifests differently in every individual. 

Although there are several forms of Arthritis, one form is no worse than the other and can affect everyone differently. At PARR PT, we take pride in providing a comprehensive range of treatment methods that are customized for each patient based on their unique symptoms.

Next steps:

When living with chronic pain that comes alongside arthritis, it can be challenging at times to perform daily tasks. From persistent discomfort to feeling out of control of your body, it can be challenging to work, take part in activities, and spend time with others. However, learning how to properly manage your arthritis and seeking physical therapy are great initial steps toward achieving physical and emotional well-being. At PARR PT, we are proud to offer you a customized program and treatment plan that will get you back to doing the thing you love!

Many people with arthritis can continue to exercise and take part in sports by managing their pain and symptoms. Seeking treatment as soon as possible can be beneficial. The ultimate purpose of a physical therapy program is to assist you with returning to the activities you enjoy. Your PT at PARR PT will assist you in returning to these activities in the safest, most effective, and quickest manner possible.

Stay updated on the 3 Systems blog, as well as our social media platforms, for more home remedies and tips to enhance your physical therapy journey.

2 thoughts on “How to Manage Your Arthritis”

  1. Great Post! Arthritis management is a personalized journey, and what works for one person may not be suitable for another. It’s essential to work closely with healthcare professionals to tailor a comprehensive plan that addresses your specific condition and lifestyle. Regular communication with your healthcare team ensures ongoing support and adjustments to your management strategies as needed.

    1. Thanks David! We are glad that you recognize that one treatment is not suitable for all people. We hope that we can continue to bring awareness and help other who suffer from arthritis and other associated conditions

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