Physical therapy exercises for people with arthritis — what are the benefits?
Arthritis is an inflammatory condition that has many different forms. The most common is called osteoarthritis, which refers to inflammation that is related to the breakdown of protective cartilage that allows for smooth joint motion. Arthritis symptoms can range from mild to excruciating, and although it is not a reversible condition, there are many effective treatment options to help manage it.
While it may seem counterintuitive since arthritis can cause aches, pains and joint stiffness, exercise can be a highly effective form of treatment for people with this condition. With their deep knowledge of musculoskeletal and joint function, physical therapists are particularly qualified to help people with arthritis through targeted exercises and other forms of treatment.
As you read on to learn more about the benefits that exercise can offer for people with arthritis, please feel free to reach out to us if you’d like to learn more about our treatment offerings or if you have any questions.
How does exercise help people with arthritis?
Although it may be painful at first, exercise is a critical part of arthritis treatment. The more joints and surrounding muscles go unused, the harder it becomes to use them. Regular exercise helps prevent atrophy and mobility loss while also providing many other health benefits, such as increasing cardiovascular fitness and decreasing extra weight.
To ensure that exercise is performed properly and safely for people with arthritis, working with an experienced physical therapist can be highly beneficial. With targeted therapeutic exercise, physical therapy can help arthritis patients in the following ways:
- Strengthen supporting muscles to relieve joint pressure
- Mobilize the joints and soft tissue for increased flexibility
- Encourage the flow of healing nutrients to problem areas
- Promote proper posture to decrease stress on the joints
- Promote proper movement patterns to decrease stress and pain
A physical therapist can also instruct patients on how to exercise safely at home and minimize pain through at-home treatments like hot/cold compression therapy.
Franklin Rehabilitation can help people with arthritis
At Franklin Rehabilitation, we have an experienced and compassionate clinical team who understands the special needs of arthritis patients. After a thorough evaluation, we’ll help you develop a treatment plan for your unique needs that includes therapeutic exercise, manual therapy and other methods.
Want to learn more? Contact us today and schedule your initial appointment.