There aren’t many conditions that can impact your life as profoundly as chronic joint pain. In a typical morning, you use your hips and knees to get out of bed, add your ankles for walking, then your hands, wrists, elbows, and shoulders to shower, get dressed, and brush your teeth. Headed out for the day? You’ll need to use every joint in the body if you plan to drive a car.
Joint pain can be caused by a number of conditions, including bursitis, tendinitis, cartilage injuries, iliotibial band syndrome (hip), and patellofemoral pain syndrome (knee). However, the most common cause is arthritis. Because arthritis comes on slowly over time, many people live with painful joints far too long before seeking treatment.
It’s important to remember that the joints in your body are part of a kinetic chain: what affects one, will begin to affect others. For example, if you limp to protect a painful knee joint, you’ll eventually find yourself dealing with hip pain as well, due to the imbalance in your gait caused by limping.
The good news is that physical therapy can effectively treat all these conditions, including arthritis. Our expert PT’s will create a treatment plan of gentle stretches and exercises to help relieve pain and inflammation, and utilize advanced manual therapy techniques to improve your range of motion, flexibility, and function.
Strength is another key component of therapy for joint pain. Specific, targeted exercises will reestablish normal movement to the joint, and increase the strength of the surrounding muscles. This provides better support and stabilization for the affected joint, which helps relieve pain and prevent further loss of function.
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