Arthritis is a joint inflammation condition that usually results in swelling and pain as well as a limited range of motion in the affected joints. People who have this condition usually suffer from stiff joints mainly because of avoiding movements that increase pain. However, by failing to move around the arthritic joints, the pain and stiffness only gets. That is why we recommend physical therapy as an effective tool for managing arthritis. Our physical therapists also teach arthritic patients on how they continue living normal lives without further injuring their joints.
Our wide range of occupational therapy lessons for dealing with arthritis can show you how you can reduce straining your joints as you carry out your daily activities. We also show you how to transform your workplace and home environments to reduce any motions that might aggravate your condition. Furthermore, after running a thorough evaluation of the extent of your arthritis, we can also recommend which assistive devices you should use in various tasks like dressing, housekeeping, bathing and driving among other activities.
The main goal of our physical therapy is basically to get a person with arthritis back to a point where they can perform daily activities without any difficulty. One of the ways we can help you achieve this is through preserving a good motion range so that you are able to still perform the normal activities. We use an array of therapies from massage therapy to electric stimulation therapy to build strength in the muscles around the joint because stronger muscles help to stabilize weakened joints.
What benefits should you expect from our physical and occupational therapy for arthritis?
If you suffer from arthritis, you can get numerous benefits from taking part in our extensive physical therapies, including:
Understanding your body’s limits is also crucial to ensure that you do not further strain already stiff or painful joints. Our arthritis treatment will teach you how to do all the daily tasks without causing joint damage or worsening pain.
Degeneration of the intervertebral disc, which is often called “degenerative disc disease” (DDD) of the spine, is a common disorder of the lower spine. Disc degeneration can lead to disorders such as spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal that houses the spinal cord and nerve roots; can be lumbar or cervical), spondylolisthesis (forward slippage of the disc and vertebra), and retrolisthesis (backward slippage of the disc and vertebra).
DDD is in fact not a disease but, rather, a degenerative condition that can be painful and can greatly affect the victim’s quality of life. Disc degeneration is a normal part of aging and is generally not a problem by itself. However, for certain individuals, a degenerated disc can cause pain, such as when bone spurs grow adjacent to the discs and pinch or put pressure on the nearby nerve roots or spinal canal.
Aging is the most common cause of disc degeneration. As the body ages, the discs in the spine dehydrate, or dry out, and lose their ability to act as shock absorbers between the vertebrae. The bones and ligaments that make up the spine also become less flexible and thicken. Unlike muscles, there is minimal blood supply to the discs so they lack the ability to heal or repair themselves. Repetitive stress injury (RSI) and/or several injuries over time that involve the same disc can also increase the likelihood of disc degeneration as may a poor body mass index. However, an active lifestyle that combines regular light exercise and a good diet can help to repair or prolong the life of the disc.
With symptomatic degenerative disc disease, chronic low back pain sometimes radiates to the hips, or there is an aching pain in the buttocks or thighs while walking; sporadic tingling or weakness through the knees may also be evident. Similar pain may be felt or may increase while sitting, bending, lifting, and twisting. While the degeneration of the disc will likely progress as a natural part of the aging process, symptoms such as low back pain often decrease over time.
It is not clear why some degenerative discs are painful and some are not. After an injury, some discs become painful because of inflammation. Some people have nerve endings that penetrate more deeply into the annulus fibrosus, or outer layer of the disc, than others, making the disc more susceptible to becoming a source of pain. Pain that radiates down the leg, known as sciatica or lumbago, is the result of the nerve root encountering the inner disc material, or the nucleus pulposus, an inflammatory substance that also puts pressure on the nerve.
These conditions can cause symptoms such as severe leg pain, difficulty standing and walking, and weakness or numbness in the legs. Degenerative disc disease can lead to a chronic debilitating condition and can have a serious negative impact on a person’s quality of life. When pain from degenerative disc disease is severe, traditional nonoperative treatment is often ineffective.