South Toledo PT: Helping Arthritis Pain

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By 8 weeks, the hands-on patients were able to walk further and faster with much less or completely resolved pain. In addition, their joint stiffness decreased and their mobility improved by 55% compared to the group who had treatments with ultrasound only. 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 modality only group. In general, if you are suffering from osteoarthritis, especially in the back, hip or knee, physical therapy is effective in decreasing both pain and stiffness. Physical therapy also may delay or prevent the need for more invasive treatments, like injections or surgery. Isn’t it time you did something about your arthritis pain? Call us today so we can make a positive difference in your life! Look inside to learn more about our programs and say good-bye to that aching joint pain!

There are many studies and patient success stories promoting the effectiveness of physical therapy for osteoarthritis. Our expert physical therapists at South Toledo Physical Therapy are trained in specialized hands-on therapy for patients suffering with osteoarthritis, which helps them obtain fast pain relief and improved movement. In a recent study, 83 patients with osteoarthritis were divided into two groups, receiving either hands-on physical therapy or modality only treatment with therapeutic ultrasound. The group that received hands-on therapy had treatment performed to their effected areas and also performed an exercise program in the clinic and at home. The modality only group had low- intensity therapeutic ultrasound applied to the problem area without any other interventions. Both groups were treated in the clinic twice weekly for 4 weeks. Tests were done to measure how well the patients were doing compared to their initial visit at 4 weeks out, 8 weeks out and 1 year later. The results showed the patients who had hands- on physical therapy, combined with performing specialized exercises had significant improvement in their pain, mobility, and function.

Patient Success Spotlight

“I came into the clinic and had only minimal use of my right hand do to osteoarthritis. I was was in constant pain and was dropping things almost every day. After receiving therapy at South Toledo PT, I doubled my grip strength and my pain was cut in half. I continue to do the exercises at home and things keep improving. Thank you for giving me the use of my hand back!” - Micheal B. Thank you for giving me the use of my hand back!

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