OSR: Relieving Low Back, Hip & Knee Arthritis Pain

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Do you suffer from back, knee or hip pain? It is possible you may have osteoarthritis in those joints. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common condition of the joints, affecting approximately 27 million Americans. With OA, there is a breakdown in the cartilage covering the ends of bones.As thecartilagewearsaway, thebonesbecomeexposedandrub againsteachother.Thedeteriorationofcartilagealsoaffects theshape and makeup of the joint so that it no longer functions smoothly. The ligaments and tendons around the joint become stiff and the muscles that support the joint become weak. This leads to even more painful rubbing of the joint surfaces. There are many studies and patient success stories promoting the effectivenessofphysical therapyforosteoarthritis.Ourexpert therapists at OSR Physical Therapy are trained specifically in treating patients suffering from osteoarthritis and work to obtain optimal results. Study Shows How to Relieve OA Pain. In a medical study, 83 patients with osteoarthritis were assigned to receive either hands-on physical therapy (treatment group) or a pill that actually did nothing to help their pain without them knowing (placebo group). Tests were done to measure how well the people were doing 4 weeks, 8 weeks and 1 year later. The results were very impressive with the patients who had hands-onphysicaltherapycombinedwithgentle,specificexercises.They showedsignificant improvements in theirpain,mobilityand function.By 8weeks,patientswereable towalk furtherand fasterwithmuch less,or completely resolved pain. Their joint stiffness, aches and mobility had improved by 55% as compared to the group who had no treatment. At one year, patients in the treatment group still were doing great in terms of less pain and more mobility. Other benefits included less need for surgerywithonly5%ofpatients inthetreatmentgrouphavingundergone surgery as compared to 20% with the placebo group. Ifyouaresuffering fromosteoarthritis,ourphysical therapy treatments relieve your pain. Isn’t it time you did something about your pain and movement?CallustodayatOSRPhysicalTherapyto learnmoreaboutour ARTHRITISPROGRAMsowecanmakeapositivedifference inyour life. Annals of Internal Medicine: February 1, 2000 vol. 132 no. 3 173-181. Gail D. Deyle, MPT; Nancy E. Henderson, PhD, MPT; Robert L. Matekel, MPT; Michael G. Ryder, MPT; Matthew B. Garber, MPT; and StephenC.Allison,PhD,MPT,ECS



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