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Four ways to treat arthritis pain

July 2nd, 2020

You have more options than ever for treating the day-to-day aches and pains of arthritis in the current generation of medicine. When combined with professionally monitored physical therapy, you can use all of the following tips to relieve the symptoms of arthritis while improving the strength and the mobility of your muscles.

  1. A weight loss program

In many cases, arthritis is either caused or exacerbated by the condition of obesity. Your physical therapy can include a program of weight loss or maintenance. This allows you to take the pressure off your joints and free up the flow of blood and nutrients to your entire body.

  1. Changing your footwear

It’s especially important to pay attention to your footwear if you have arthritis in the knee. Your therapist can suggest special footwear or insoles that can help to treat and relieve the pain and other immediate symptoms of arthritis. Additionally, such changes can help reduce pressure on weight-bearing joints. They can also help improve your walking ability.

One of the most important suggestions to consider, if it’s given, is a knee brace. Osteoarthritis that occurs with knee instability is one of the more debilitating conditions that can be caused by the arthritis condition. You’ll also reduce your risk of further injury if you correct your walking patterns with a knee brace.

  1. Exercising consistently

Few treatments for arthritis pain are more effective than exercising on a consistent basis. Overall, any physical therapy program is meant to change your lifestyle, not provide a short-term solution. Your physical therapist will be able to help you with the technique of exercising, but it’s up to you to do those exercises every day once you’ve learned them.

An exercise program that is properly implemented can help you to reduce the pain of arthritis. It may also be able to improve your muscular strength and help to reduce the symptoms of arthritis in the future.

  1. A strong self-management program

Your physical therapy program is designed to equip you with ongoing arthritis pain treatment techniques and new habits. Your goal should be to put these techniques and habits to work in your everyday life. However, you must keep your eyes open and note down which techniques work for you. You may even want to take physical notes when working with your therapist.

Rehab Access offers physical therapy-based arthritis pain treatment

Don’t let arthritis pain stop you from enjoying life. Our team at Rehab Access can develop an arthritis pain treatment plan that you can use consistently. Your plan will be designed to reduce your day-to-day pain and help you develop habits that will improve your body overall, not just relieve symptoms. 

To get you started with your arthritis therapy, we offer complimentary screenings. Our team can also help you treat arthritis symptoms from home if you find going out difficult. This is possible thanks to our virtual care service. During a virtual care appointment, you’ll work with a physical therapist over a secure online video connection. 

Ready to take the next step to reduce your arthritis symptoms? Contact our team today for more information about how we can help you or to schedule an initial appointment.