When you have arthritis pain, it can be hard to enjoy life to its fullest. The experienced providers at Lafayette Physical Therapy offer a wide range of therapeutic services to enhance and preserve the function, movement, and health of people in the region of Lafayette, California. If you’re looking for noninvasive treatments to manage your arthritis pain, call Lafayette Physical Therapy or schedule an appointment online today.
What is arthritis?
The term arthritis is used to describe pain or disease affecting the joints. Common arthritis symptoms include:
- Swelling or stiffness
- Decreased range of motion
Approximately 54 million adults have arthritis in the United States. It’s the leading cause of disability among American adults.
What causes arthritis?
While arthritis can affect anyone of any age, race, or gender, it’s most common in older women. There are more than 100 kinds of arthritis with a variety of causes.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It's a result of the wearing away of cartilage that cushions your joints. Without this cartilage, your joints can grow swollen, painful, and stiff.
Inflammatory arthritis develops when your immune system misfires and begins attacking healthy parts of your body with inflammation. As your joints become inflamed, you experience pain. There are several forms of inflammatory arthritis, including psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis.
If you have a metabolic form of arthritis, your body has too much uric acid, a naturally occurring waste product. This type of arthritis is responsible for gout, an extremely painful form of joint pain.
In some cases, arthritis flare-ups can be due to bacteria, fungus or a virus entering your joints. Forms of infectious arthritis, which can lead to chronic arthritis, are typically treated with antibiotics.
Who is at risk of developing arthritis?
Several factors can increase your risk of developing arthritis, such as:
- Family history
- Advanced age
- Being a woman
- History of injury
- Being overweight or obese
Smoking can also make you more susceptible to arthritis.
How is arthritis treated?
The skilled team at Lafayette Physical Therapy offers numerous innovative approaches to improve your mobility, restore your joint function, increase your strength, and restore your ability to perform everyday tasks.
To address your individual needs, your provider will evaluate your overall physical functions and review your symptoms to develop a personalized plan. Some of these approaches might include:
- Teaching body mechanics and proper posture
- Introducing assistive devices like canes and walkers
- Making environmental modifications to improve your body function
- Suggesting treatment options like massage or hot and cold therapy
- Recommending braces, splints, or shoe inserts to relieve physical stress
- Providing specialized exercises that can increase your strength and range of motion
Don’t let your arthritis pain keep you on the sidelines. Call Lafayette Physical Therapy or schedule an appointment online today.