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Tips to Treat Your Arthritis Pain

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One in four American adults suffer from arthritis. If you fall under this statistic, then you may be looking for ways to manage your aches, pains and lack of mobility.  Fortunately, there are many things you can do to help improve your strength, increase your flexibility and manage your pain. While these tips are helpful, they work best when paired with professional treatment, call us today to learn more about how physical therapy can help you take the first step toward living a pain free life. 

Weight Loss

Since many arthritis symptoms are exacerbated by obesity, weight loss is one of the most effective ways to manage your symptoms without medication. Fortunately, physical therapists are adept at creating weight loss or weight maintenance programs that take pressure off of your joints and increase blood flow for nutrient delivery throughout your entire body.

Time for New Shoes

Many people overlook the power of a good pair of shoes. Whether you decide to purchase a brand new pair of shoes or add insoles or orthotics into your existing shoes, this simple fix can help immediately relieve the pressure on your joints. Wearing the correct footwear also makes it easier to walk and exercise without pain.

Hot & Cold Packs

When it comes to arthritis, temperature matters. Many people discover that a warm bath or heat pack helps ease their aches and pains. Others find that cold packs applied on a regular basis reduces swelling in the joints and relieves discomfort. Alternating between the two has been shown to provide the soothing comfort of heat with the anti-inflammatory properties of cold. However, it is important to consult with a medical professional about the proper procedures for applying both hot and cold in order to avoid skin irritation.

Exercise

As tempting as it is to rest and relax when you are uncomfortable, there is nothing better for managing arthritis than exercising on a regular basis. However, many people are reluctant to begin an exercise program with arthritis for fear of injuring themselves. Physical therapy will not only help you discover the exercise program that is right for your condition, but it will also provide you with a long-term solution for your arthritis symptoms. One of our physical therapists can educate you on proper exercising techniques, create an individualized home exercise program for you, and discuss whether or not a brace or wrap would be beneficial for you to wear. 

Arthritis should not stop you from living the life you deserve. The combination of physical therapy, a weight loss program, hot and cold packs, and footwear can help you manage your day-to-day discomfort for the rest of your life. Contact us today to get started on your personalized physical therapy program and start enjoying a symptom-free life!