VCSST_Helping Arthritis Pain


When it comes to treating arthritis, you may have more options than you realize. There is much you can do to reduce your aches and pains from arthritis while gaining more mobility and function. We offer consistent recommendations for our patients suffering with the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. If you want to know how to relieve and reduce the pain of arthritis, try our physical therapy first. Patients often experience pain from arthritis because of stiff joints, muscles and other tissues. In addition, muscles become weak, therefore not supporting the arthritic joints. The customized treatments at VCSST promote muscle strength, improve range of motion, increase mobility and relieve pain. In addition, coupling your physical therapy with the following can also help you live life to the fullest and get you back to doing the things you love. Home Program When your physical therapy is over, your therapist will have equipped you with the knowledge and exercises you need to continue progress on your own. Weight Loss Maintaining your recommended weight or losing weight if you are overweight can lessen your pain. Weight loss specifically helps ease pressure on joints such as your hips and knees. Orthotics If arthritis affects your knee, special footwear and insoles can reduce pain and improve walking. Bracing Osteoarthritis can cause instability in joints. A knee or back brace can help reduce pain, improve stability and reduce the risk of falling.

If you are having these symptoms call VCSST today!

Inability to stand or sit for long periods of time Difficulty getting in and out of bed Inability to walk for at least 20 minutes Joint pain and/or stiffness Unable to enjoy leisure activities Difficulty getting up and down from the floor Limited ability to exercise Unable to work due to pain Difficulty going up and down steps or curbs

COMPONENTS OF ARTHRITIS TREATMENT Individuals with arthritis can benefit from comprehensive treatment plans which include proper diet, medication, and appropriate exercise. The first step is understanding your particular condition by discussing it with your doctor or physical therapist. Your treatment plan should take into consideration which joints are involved, the amount of inflammation, how stable the joints are and your typical activity level. HOW TO GET STARTED •

Begin with a supervised program from your doctor or physical therapist. This should be developed based on your unique needs and not a one-size-fits-all routine. Initially it may include therapeutic techniques such as mobilizations or modalities as well as educating you about your particular issues. • Stretch and warm up with range of motion exercises which can relieve stiffness and increase flexibility. • Start strengthening exercises slowly and with small weights. Aerobic exercise contributes to overall fitness, function and well-being, and can also help control weight which might be placing extra stress on joints. • Add aerobic exercise in gradually. Aerobic exercise contributes to overall fitness, function and well-being and can help control weight which might be placing extra stress on joints • Ease off if joints become painful, inflamed or red but do not stop exercising completely. Talk with your doctor or therapist about pain relief during joint flare ups and how you should modify exercise during these times. • Find a recreational activity that you enjoy doing and make it a habit.

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