Mid-Michigan: Arthritis Pain

The Newsletter About Your Health & Caring For Your Body YOUR NEXT STEP TO TREAT ARTHRITIS PAIN

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,affectingapproximately27millionAmericans. WithOA, there isabreakdown in thecartilagecovering the ends of bones. As the cartilage wears away, the bones become exposed and rub against each other. The deterioration of cartilage also affects the shape 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 rubbingofthe jointsurfaces.Therearemanystudiesand patientsuccessstoriespromoting theeffectivenessof physicaltherapyforosteoarthritis.Ourexperttherapists at Mid-Michigan Physical Therapy Specialists are trained specifically in treating patients suffering from osteoarthritis and work to obtain optimal results. Study Shows How to Relieve OA Pain Inamedicalstudy,83patientswithosteoarthritiswere assigned to receive either hands-on physical therapy (treatment group) or a pill that actually did nothing to help theirpainwithout themknowing (placebogroup). Tests were done to measure how well the people were doing 4 weeks, 8 weeks and 1 year later. The results werevery impressivewith thepatientswhohadhands- on physical therapy combined with gentle, specific exercises. They showed significant improvements in their pain, mobility and function. By8weeks,patientswereabletowalkfurtherandfaster withmuch less,orcompletelyresolvedpain.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 surgery with only 5% of patients in the treatment group having undergone surgery as compared to 20% with the placebo group. If you are suffering from osteoarthritis, our physical therapy treatments relieve your pain. Isn’t it time you didsomethingaboutyourpainandmovement?Callus todayatMid-MichiganPhysicalTherapySpecialists to learnmoreaboutourARTHRITISPROGRAMsowecan make a positive difference in your life.

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Annalsof InternalMedicine:February1,2000vol.132no.3173-181.GailD. Deyle,MPT;NancyE.Henderson,PhD,MPT;RobertL.Matekel,MPT;Michael G.Ryder,MPT;MatthewB.Garber,MPT;andStephenC.Allison,PhD,MPT,ECS

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