Statistics show that 25% of all adults have medically diagnosed arthritis, a condition that causes progressive joint damage and limits your ability to enjoy life. The experienced team at All Health Physical Therapy Inc. located in Tucker, GA and serving Decatur, GA, offers a wide range of physical therapy solutions and integrative therapies that help men and women with arthritis stay active and healthy. To learn more about how physical therapy can improve your quality of life, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
Arthritis is a catch-all name that generally refers to joint inflammation and includes more than 100 health conditions. Of the different types of arthritis, the two most common types are:
Osteoarthritis develops as articular cartilage breaks down. This type of cartilage covers the ends of the bones inside your joints, where it allows smooth movement between the bones.
As more cartilage breaks down over the years, bone rubs against bone. As a result, the bones, tendons, and ligaments start to deteriorate and inflammation develops in the synovial tissues lining the joint.
While osteoarthritis can affect small joints in your hands and feet, it most often begins in larger, weight-bearing joints like your knees and hips.
Rheumatoid arthritis develops when your immune system attacks the synovial tissues and causes inflammation. As the disease progresses, the ongoing inflammation damages bones and causes joint deformities.
This type of arthritis begins in small joints like your fingers, then spreads to larger joints. Most people develop rheumatoid arthritis in the same joint on both sides of their body.
The classic symptoms of arthritis include:
The inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis can spread to other areas of your body, causing symptoms in your skin, eyes, heart, lungs, muscles, and other areas.
Staying as active as possible is an essential part of your long-term treatment for arthritis. Physical therapy supports your ability to maintain joint function by strengthening the muscles supporting your joints, improving your range of motion, diminishing inflammation, and relieving pain.
The team at All Health Physical Therapy Inc. has extensive experience in a wide range of passive and active exercises, as well as beneficial treatment modalities like ultrasound therapy. They also offer yoga and massage, which can improve your arthritis and your overall quality of life.
Consistently following your exercise regimen at home is important for healthy joints. But you also need to listen to your body and know when to rest to prevent joint damage. Your physical therapist provides guidance and solutions for that and all the challenges you may face throughout everyday life.
If you need physical therapy for arthritis, call All Health Physical Therapy Inc. or book an appointment online.