Arthritis is one of the more common issues that adults in the US have. It is the leading cause of disability claims in the US, and, is estimated to be diagnosed in 54 million people across the country.
So, what we’re saying is that if you’ve got arthritis, you’re not alone. Living with arthritis can be frustrating, as the pain caused by the various forms of arthritis can make normal life activities difficult.
First, some definitions:
“Arthritis” is actually a blanket term used to describe joint pain and joint disease. There are many different forms of arthritis, but the two most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the gradual breakdown of cartilage in the joints. It’s caused by general wear and tear over the years. Overuse is the likely culprit, but it can also be caused by injuries or excess body weight.
Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks part of a joint and causes it to become swollen. This can be accompanied by hard nodules on the skin near the joint.
If your doctor has diagnosed you with a form of arthritis, or if it’s a known condition for you, physical therapy is a great option. The tendency with arthritis patients is that they don’t move much due to the pain. Physical therapy is one of the best ways to get you moving in a way that won’t damage your joints, will relieve pain and improve flexibility. This can help restore aspects of your lifestyle that you either struggle with or discontinued altogether.
If you’re interested in discovering what a physical therapist’s help can do for you, give us a call at (480) 833-1005 to schedule an evaluation!