Anders And Associates PT: Helping Arthritis Pain

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HELPING TO BETTER RELIEVE YOUR ARTHRITIS PAIN!

When you experience an injury, dealing with the pain that comes as part of the aftermath is expected. While painful, most of the time when recovering from an injury you can find comfort in the knowledge that the pain is temporary.

I N S I D E HELPING TO BETTER RELIEVE YOUR ARTHRITIS PAIN! LIVE LIFE WITHOUT ARTHRITIS PAIN PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT

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(Continued from outside) As your body heals and you go through the motions of building your muscle mass back and improving flexibility with physical therapy, you know that in time you will feel like yourself again. This knowledge gives you something to work towards and helps the pain feel more manageable—even when it is intense, and never-fleeting. Arthritis pain is different. Arthritis doesn’t develop as a result of an injury, but instead develops over time as a result of chronic use, or even as a result of genetic disposition. This can make dealing with the pain of arthritis even more difficult to cope with, as it begs the question: if the pain is coming from inside the joint, is there anything I can actually do about it? Understanding Arthritis Pain Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic condition to affect the joints. Almost 30 million adults in the United States struggle with the condition, and while it can influence anyone of any age, it most frequently develops among those who are most prone to overuse—those who are over the age of 65.

Arthritis occurs when there is a breakdown of the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones. This cartilage is what allows the joints in the elbows, ankles, knees and hips to move with freedom. Without cartilage, the bones would rub against one another with each movement, and would cause extreme pain. As the cartilage breaks down, typically so does the bone, and as the shape of the joint changes, it becomes even more difficult for it to function smoothly. Furthermore, the ligaments and tendons around the joint will often stiffen and the muscles surrounding the joint will weaken, making it altogether more difficult and painful to move. While arthritis pain typically develops gradually, the realization of what you are dealing with can still come as a shock. In some circumstances the pain will appear more abruptly, especially when the pain develops in association with a change in weather or other environmental circumstance.

If you suffer from arthritis pain, you still have options. Call TODAY to schedule with Anders And Associates Physical Therapy!

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LIVE LIFE WITHOUT ARTHRITIS PAIN Turning to over-the-counter pain medications to cope with arthritis pain is ineffective as a long-term solution. While some of the medications may provide temporary relief, they will not help you overcome the pain for good. Physical therapy, on the other hand, can provide actual relief from arthritis by helping to rebuild strength in the joints through targeted movements and flexibility exercises. Physical therapy and Arthritis Physical therapy is highly recommended for the treatment of arthritis because it can strengthen and support the joints through guided practice of movement and strength- building exercises.

Typically, the best activities for arthritis pain are low-impact activities. Working with a physical therapist is the best way to ensure that you are practicing the best techniques for overcoming your discomfort. There is a long list of home remedies that are said to help with arthritis pain as well, and there is some credibility to some of these concepts. For example, losing weight, exercising regularly, and making some dietary changes such as reducing caffeine and sugar consumption are said to help alleviate pain associated with arthritis. However, before you start making any changes to your lifestyle, it is best to consult with a physical therapist.

There is a lot of current research trying to understand what precisely causes arthritis to develop in some people, and not in others. Everyone uses their joints every day, and while it makes sense that so much pressure would cause pain to develop over time, it doesn’t explain why the pain develops when and where it does, and why it happens to some people and not to others. Anti-inflammation and Arthritis One leading form of arthritis treatment is with the use of anti-inflammatory medication. However, as mentioned above, use of these medications for pain relief is only a short-term solution. Certain types of arthritis develop as a result of a build-up of inflammation in the body. Specifically, the tendons and ligaments become inflamed as a result of an internal attack from the immune system, which is typically triggered by some combination of environmental factors. Avoiding certain foods and movements can reduce inflammation, and thereby reduce pain.

For more information about how to rid your life of arthritis pain, contact Anders And Associates Physical Therapy today.

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PAT I E N T S U C C E S S S P OT L I GH T “Anders and Associates has been a lifesaver. After my hip replacement I asked to go there. Joe does one on one treatment. He’s been great giving me tips on how to recover faster. He challenges me with therapy and answers all of my questions in a way I can understand. I always leave there feeling accomplished.” - N.S. “I always leave there feeling accomplished.”

Learn how to make lifestyle changes and safely incorporate physical activities into your daily routine, with the help of a healthcare professional. This is a great opportunity to get started on the road to fitness and healthy living, leading to a more fulfilling lifestyle. ABOUT US Anders & Associates is a family owned clinic that is conveniently located off the 215, at the corner of Aliante Parkway & Deer Springs Way. Here, we focus on improving patients’ quality of life, from wellness programs to chronic pain, and post surgical therapy. We focus on treating the patient, not just the diagnosis. 3 8 1 3 7 5 4 7 9 2 5 9 2 4 4 3 7 2 7 2 4 3 1 6 4 3 1 5 3 2 9 6 5 7 3 2 1 5 8 9 8 3 4 8 1 3 5 6 1 4 1 8 1 6 3 2

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