Arthritis Pain Lake City, Florence, Columbia & Camden, SC

Arthritis Pain Relief

Arthritis is a debilitating condition that affects over 54 million Americans. It’s also the most common disability in the country, making it difficult for many people to perform daily activities without experiencing pain. The pain and inability to perform normal routines often increase with time. If you’re living with this condition, a physical therapist may be able to help you eliminate arthritis pain and increase your mobility. Call our office today for a consultation.

What Is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a disease that causes stiffness and inflammation in the joints. It can affect men, women and children. An official diagnosis is usually made by a physician. Your doctor may examine your joints, take a complete medical history, and order urinalysis and blood panel tests. The following are several possible symptoms of arthritis:

  • Redness and swelling
  • Limited joint functioning
  • Loss of cartilage
  • Bone growth, particularly in the fingers
  • Fatigue, fever and weight loss

Causes of Arthritis

There are two general types of arthritis. These include rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common type and is characterized by damage to the cartilage in joints. This type is also referred to as degenerative. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your body’s own immune system begins to attack the lining in the joints. This type is sometimes called inflammatory. Infectious and metabolic are also different types of joint inflammation.

After enough damage has occurred, the results can be both painful and debilitating. Sometimes bones will grind on one another. In some cases, both the bones and cartilage are destroyed. There can be several causes of arthritis. According to the Mayo Clinic, causes and risk factors include the following:

  • Genetics – Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid can run in families.
  • Age – The likelihood that you’ll suffer from some type of joint inflammation increases with age.
  • Obesity – Excess weight will put extra stress on joints, especially those in the spine, hips and knees.
  • Previous Injuries – If you’ve previously suffered an injury in a joint, you are more likely to suffer from inflammation in that particular area.

How Physical Therapy Helps Arthritis

Currently, there is no cure for joint inflammation and damage. Medication is often prescribed for arthritis pain but only offers temporary relief. A physical therapist can help provide you with long-term relief from debilitating pain and symptoms. A trained therapist can put together a detailed treatment plan that addresses your individual needs and health goals. Physical therapy can aid in restoring your lost mobility and prevent further mobility loss from occurring. It’s crucial to start treatment as soon as possible to receive the best outcome.

A physical therapist can create a treatment program that addresses your individual condition. This may include exercises tailored to improve strength, mobility and joint usage. A therapist can also teach you how to correct your posture to protect joints and how to properly use walking aids if needed. Physical therapy may also entail other methods such as joint protection techniques, thermal treatments, and using heat and ice to eliminate pain and relax your muscles. It’s important to consistently follow your therapist’s instructions and practice your exercises at home on a regular basis. If your condition changes, your physical therapist may alter your treatment and change your exercise program.

There’s no reason that chronic pain and stiffness should affect your daily life. Our physical therapy team can evaluate your condition and design specific treatments that will help you get back to your daily routine. Contact Us today at Lake City, Florence,  & Camden, SC locations so our therapists can get you started on a treatment plan as soon as possible. Don’t suffer from arthritic pain another day!

FAQs

What are the symptoms for arthritis pain?

Do your joints feel stiff, achy, or painful, especially when you wake up in the morning? If so, you may be experiencing the effects of arthritis. This is one of the most common symptoms of arthritis, but it is common to also expereince accompanying symptoms. Other sensations you may experience with arthritis include pain in the affected region, which may spread to surrounding body parts; persistent stiffness; inflammation; muscle spasms, joint creaking, clicking, or popping sounds; increased pain with certain activities, such as work or exercise; decreased range of motion in the affected area, abnormalities in gait, such as limping; swelling; weakness; and a warm sensation in the affected joint.

What are the best physical therapy treatments for arthritis pain?

Regardless of the cause of arthritis, physical therapy plays a major role in the treatment of its symptoms. Your physical therapist will conduct a physical evaluation to analyze your joint movement, muscle strength, and overall function, in order to pinpoint the exact areas that are causing you pain. You will then be prescribed a personalized treatment plan, focused around your specific needs. Treatment plans will include targeted stretches and exercises aimed at relieving your pain and improving your function, in addition to any specialized methods your physical therapist deems fit. This may include manual therapy, ice and heat therapies, electrical stimulation, or ultrasound. Your physical therapist may also include additional services as needed, such as weight management techniques to help ease some stress on your joints, and/or posture improvement to relieve stiffness and prevent injury.

Can arthritis affect different body parts?

There are over 100 different types of arthritis, containing monoarthritis (where only one joint is affected) and oligoarthritis (where multiple joints are affected). According to the Centers for Disease Control, roughly 54.4 million U.S. adults are diagnosed with some form of arthritis per year. As we age, the cartilage in our joints wears down, causing painful bone-on-bone rubbing, inflammation, stiffness, and pain. While it is possible for arthritis to develop in any of the joints, the fingers, elbows, shoulders, lower back, hips, and knees are among the most common.

Can arthritis be cured?

While there is no cure for arthritis yet, it is possible to alleviate arthritic symptoms by improving your joint movement, muscle strength, balance, and coordination through physical therapy treatments. In some cases, physical therapy can even make it possible to eliminate symptoms entirely. For best results, it is in your best interest to consult with a physical therapist as soon as you begin noticing arthritic symptoms. The sooner they get treated, the easier they are to manage. Whatever type of arthritis you may be suffering from, physical therapy undoubtedly plays an important role in pain relief. In addition, it can also help you avoid the need for harmful pain-management drugs or invasive surgical correction.