If you’re constantly facing lower back, hip, or knee pain, you might have arthritis. According to the Centers for Disease Control, roughly 54.4 million U.S. adults are diagnosed with some form of arthritis per year. As we age, the cartilage in our joints wears down, causing painful bone-on-bone rubbing, inflammation, stiffness, and pain.
While there is no cure for arthritis yet, it is possible to alleviate arthritic symptoms by improving your joint movement, muscle strength, balance, and coordination. In some cases, it’s even possible to eliminate symptoms entirely. To learn more about how our in-home treatments at Therapy Choice in Philadelphia, PA, can improve your arthritis symptoms, contact us today to schedule a consultation.
What exactly is arthritis?
Before arthritic pains can be relieved, it is important to first understand where they come from. Arthritis—or a painful stiffness and inflammation of joints—isn’t a single disease. The term “arthritis” is an informal explanation of joint pain and disease in general.
Over 100 types of arthritis exist, according to the Arthritis Foundation. People of all ages, races, and sex can get it. It’s also the leading cause of ongoing disability in America. The most prevalent form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is caused by either injury or gradual wear and tear.
What causes lower back, hip, and knee arthritis?
Because arthritis is a catch-all term, pinpointing what causes arthritis may be difficult. In most cases, arthritis is caused by overuse, wear, and tear, or injuries.
Arthritis can also be caused by:
· Infections, such as Lyme disease.
· An immune system dysfunction, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
· An abnormal metabolism, which leads to gout.
For arthritis suffers, even simply walking can cause pain in the lower back, hip, or knee. Arthritis is often a downward spiral of progressive pain, limiting movement and strength, which in turn causes more inactivity and pain.
However, by improving joint movement, muscle strength, balance and coordination, this cycle can be broken, thus reducing pain and inflammation. At Achieva Rehab, our in-home services also allow you to combat your arthritic symptoms from the comfort of your own home, without having to venture out to an outpatient clinic. Contact our team of movement specialists at Achieva Rehab today to get started!
Arthritis and physical therapy:
Whatever type of arthritis you may be suffering from, physical therapy can play an important role. It can also help you avoid the need for harmful pain-management drugs or invasive surgical correction.
It is common that the muscles used to support the knees, hips, and lower back may become weakened from inactivity, due to the pains of arthritis. At Achieva Rehab, we’ll prescribe targeted, easy-to-do exercises that we will walk you through at home, in order to help your muscles regain their strength. This will help provide greater support to the joints and reduce inflammation.
The exercises we prescribe will also help improve your balance and coordination, thus relieving any abnormal strain on the joint(s) and decreasing your risk of sustaining a fall-related injury. Furthermore, these exercises can be continued from the comfort of your own home, even after your in-home sessions with one of our licensed physical therapists have ended.
If you or a loved one has been suffering from arthritis, you are not alone. The first step toward finding relief is to contact Therapy Choice in Philadelphia, PA, today, to speak with a member of our team about our in-home treatment options. We can help you improve your mobility, comfort, and quality of life. Confirm your appointment today and get started on our comfortable, effective, and convenient in-home treatment plans.
While sitting, tighten your top thigh muscle to press the back of your knee downward towards the ground. Repeat 6 times on each leg.