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Natural Pain Relief For Arthritis Is Within Your Reach! HOW TO HANDLE 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. As your body heals, as 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 geneticdisposition. Thiscanmakedealingwith thepainofarthritisevenmore 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 themostcommonchroniccondition toaffect the joints.Almost 30 million adults in the United States struggle with the condition, and while it
can influenceanyoneofanyage, itmost frequentlydevelopsamong thosewho 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 endsof thebones.Thiscartilage iswhatallows the joints in theelbows,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, so, typically, 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 themusclessurrounding the jointwillweaken,making italtogethermore difficult and painful to move. Whilearthritispain typicallydevelopsgradually, therealizationofwhatyouare 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.
A R E Y O U L E T T I N G Y O U R PA I N H O L D Y O U B A C K ? C A L L T O S C H E D U L E Y O U R A P P O I N T M E N T T O D AY !
OVERCOM I NG ARTHR I T I S PA I N
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. There is a lot of current research trying to understand what precisely causes arthritis todevelop insomepeople,andnot inothers.Everyoneuses their joints every day, and while it makes sense that so much pressure would cause pain todevelopover time, itdoesn’texplainwhy thepaindevelopswhenandwhere it does, and why it happens to some people and not to others. ANTI-INFLAMMATION & ARTHRITIS One leading form of arthritis treatment is with the use of anti-inflammatory medication. 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 certainfoodsandmovementscanreduce inflammation,andtherebyreducepain.
PHYSICAL THERAPY AND ARTHRITIS Physical therapy ishighlyrecommended for the treatmentofarthritisbecause itcanstrengthenandsupport the joints throughguidedpracticeofmovement andstrengthbuildingexercises.Typically,thebestactivities forarthritispainare low-impactactivities.Workingwithaphysicaltherapist isthebestwaytoensure 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 aswell,and there iscredibility tosomeof theseconcepts.Forexample, losing weight,exercisingregularly,andmakingsomedietarychangessuchasreducing caffeineandsugarconsumptionaresaid tohelpalleviatepainassociatedwith arthritis. However, before you start making any changes to your lifestyle, it is best to consult with a physical therapist. For more information about how to rid your life of arthritis pain, contact us.
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“I went to Vert for physical therapy after being diagnosed with a SLAP tear. I was in so much pain that I didn’t think anything other than surgery was an option. Dave told me he could have me done with therapy in about four weeks. I followed instruction, and, true to his word, I am pain free and feeling great three weeks later. Ahead of schedule!” - Drew D.
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Andrew Choi, MPT, DPT, Partner, specializes in analyzing and correcting form and alignment with functional and sports activities. His athletic background (which includes martial arts, snow sports, and tennis) allows him to have a better understanding of how to specifically diagnose and correct faulty movement patterns. Chris Dahl, DPT, OCS, enjoys treating patients across all age groups and during the fall sports season, especially while providing PT consultation to student athletes with local high schools. His treatments focus on optimizing patient movement and maximizing function via targeted manual therapy and functional exercise prescription. Nikki Buchwald , LMT, PTA, NASM-CPT, is our Certified Clinic Orthopedic Specialist at Vert. With an extensive skill base and experience with high level sports rehab, complied with 15 years of therapeutic massage, Nikki creates a one of a kind corrective recovery session that will leave you wanting more. PatrickEdgecomb ,DPT,OCS, is thenewestaddition toour team.More informationabout Patrick coming soon!
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Feel free to call us and ask to speak to your therapist.
Your therapist can discuss with you why your pain is bothering you again and what you might do about it at home.
If further assessment is warranted, your therapist might recommend you come in for an appointment.
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EXERC I SE ESSENT I AL S A SAFE EXERCISE TO RELIEVE BACK PAIN
THORACIC ROTATION Sit with your arms folded in front your chest. Rotate your upper back to one side while keeping your lower back tight and as still as possible. Rotate to the other side, then repeat the motion 6-10 times. Alwaysconsultyourphysical therapistorphysician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.
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