More than 100 types of arthritis can cause pain and immobility in your joints. The two most common forms of arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, commonly affect people who are older or are overweight. However, arthritis can affect anyone for a variety of reasons.
Arthritis is easier to treat when it’s caught early on, so it’s important for you to know its symptoms to recognize when you need to get help. Common symptoms of most forms of arthritis may include:
- Chronic pain in your joints
- Swelling and redness around the joints
- Stiffness and loss of motion
- Loss of appetite
Some forms of arthritis may include additional symptoms. If you experience any of the symptoms above, potentially alongside other symptoms, please contact a medical professional for treatment.
Why you need to contact a physical therapist if you have arthritis
Arthritis is treatable in different ways, many which make use of medications and corticosteroids. These treatments can help reduce the swelling while helping reduce the friction between your joints. However, they often include side-effects that create many other undesirable problems. For this reason, many people with arthritis choose physical therapy as part of their treatment.
Physical therapists are healthcare specialists who are skilled in treating conditions that affect your bones, joints, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and muscles. Physical therapy alone may not reverse your arthritis, but it can help reduce pain and immobility and reduce your need for medications and steroids by helping improve your mobility and strength.
At Armor Physical Therapy in Plainwell, Michigan, our physical therapists work closely with our patients to identify the sources of pain and develop treatments to meet individual needs and goals. Many of these treatments include:
- Manual therapy
- Stretches and exercises
- Posture guidance
- Weight-loss guidance and more
Contact Armor Physical Therapy in Plainwell, Michigan for an appointment
Have you been suffering from pain and loss of mobility due to arthritis? Would you like help from the physical therapists at Armor Physical Therapy in reducing this pain and regaining your mobility? Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists to find out what we can do for you.
Our Plainwell, Michigan location:
390 Oaks Crossing
Plainwell, Michigan 49080
Phone: (269) 685-9640
Fax: (269) 685-9641
Armor Physical Therapy has clinics in multiple cities throughout Michigan. If Plainwell is too far for you, please visit our locations page to find a clinic more convenient for you.