You’ve Got Options For Relief.
Let’s face it, your joints just aren’t treating you the way they used to. You might be dealing with the aftermath of an injury that has made it hard for you to get around the way you’re used to. Or maybe you’re just suffering from age-related arthritis, and everything is starting to hurt!
One thing is for sure, taking excessive amounts of over the counter painkillers and sitting around all day definitely isn’t doing you any favors. If you want to start enjoying your life again without being limited by aches and pains in your joints, it’s time to get serious about looking for a natural solution…physical therapy.
What Makes Your Joints Hurt?
If you want to understand how physical therapy can help you with your joint pain, you need to know why those symptoms are even happening to you!
Joint stiffness and pain can be caused by a variety of problems, but take for instance, an acute sprain or strain. The joints, muscles, tendons or ligaments may be impaired, causing inflammation. This time of pain can be painful and render you totally inactive.
Soft tissue injuries don’t always happen because of an accident. They can also develop slowly over months or even years. You might notice that the pain also ebbs and flows depending on the time of day. Certain sports, jobs, hobbies can cause you to put excessive stress on certain joints over and over again, which could very well land you with a case of chronic tendinitis or bursitis!
Common Causes of Joint Pain
Can you believe that it’s possible to develop soft tissue pain from doing absolutely nothing? It’s strange, but true. Take for example, this condition called adhesive capsulitis, otherwise known as “frozen shoulder.” If you’ve had to wear a sling for a while, this is an uncomfortable condition you could end up having that can render your shoulder useless for quite some time.
Osteoarthritis, more commonly known as arthritis, is the most frequent condition that causes pain and stiffness. This condition can affect anyone at any age, but is most often found in older patients and stems from age-related deterioration of the cartilage between the bones in a joint. Osteoarthritis isn’t the only one to look out for though. Rheumatoid arthritis is another painful, damaging joint condition caused by autoimmune issues.
Types of Physical Therapy to Consider
There are so many ways to develop joint aches and pains; the list is never ending! Thankfully, there are also many different kinds of physical therapy that can address these symptoms, extend your range of motion, and ease your pain.
Our physical therapists will start by evaluating your condition carefully, examining your overall health and physical activities, as well how often you experience your symptoms. Proper examination of the joint and of your ability to move it can show your therapist exactly what the underlying problem is, and help them create a more customized treatment for you.
Certain types of physical therapy may be recommended to you. Here are a few:
- Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy can supply beneficial exercise for people who are unable to bear all of their weight on their joints. Learning to do gentle exercises in the water allows the water to support part of your body weight. This is excellent therapy because it will allow you to move those joints and rebuild the corresponding joint tissues.
- RICE: Nope, this isn’t a food! RICE stands for “Rest,” “Ice,” “Compression” and “Elevation.” Your physical therapist may recommend RICE to you to reduce pain and inflammation.
- Joint mobilization techniques: Have you ever heard of a “wobble board?” They’re also known as balance boards. Working with these tools can help you improve your joint mobility, especially in your foot or ankle joints. You might also benefit from techniques that work to loosen and break up internal scar tissue, which can form over old injuries and cause chronic soreness and stiffness.
- Stretching exercises:Did you know that injured muscles and connective tissues are capable of healing and returning to their previous length and range of motion? It’s possible with the help of stretching exercises. These exercises are also excellent for preventing arthritic joints from becoming more stiff over time. Workouts and on a bicycle or treadmill may be suggestions our physical therapists propose to you.
Make Your Appointment With One Of Our Physical Therapists
Kiss your days of dealing with joint pain goodbye. You don’t have to live this way! With the help of physical therapy, your life can drastically improve. So what are you waiting for? Contact Fit 4 Life today to set up your own consultation with one of our licensed physical therapists. They’re eager to meet with you and start getting you back on the road to recovery.