You may be aware that arthritis can take a toll on your joints as you age or if you gain too much weight, but you may not know that there are actually more than 100 types of arthritis that can affect many types of people. It’s important to know the risks and what signs to look for so you know if you need to contact a healthcare professional for treatment
Symptoms of arthritis may include:
- Chronic pain in your joints
- Swelling and redness around the joints
- Stiffness and loss of motion
- Loss of appetite
The two most common forms of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. If you display any of the symptoms above, you should contact your healthcare provider for treatment. He or she will likely prescribe you medication or corticosteroids to help reduce inflammation and joint pain, but you may also need physical therapy.
Why you should visit a physical therapist if you have arthritis
Physical therapy is an excellent option for people with arthritis because it can help reduce pain, inflammation and swelling while improving your joint mobility. Unlike medications and steroids, physical therapy doesn’t come with a long list of negative side-effects. That’s because physical therapy focuses on physical techniques to help treat conditions like arthritis, including:
- Stretches and exercises
- Hands-on therapy
- Posture guidance
- Weight-loss guidance and more
At Armor Physical Therapy in Portage, Michigan, we take the time to get to know our patients as unique individuals so we can develop treatments that work. Your physical therapist will examine your symptoms and review other important factors, like age, weight and medical history, to determine the best course of action for treating your arthritis.
Contact Armor Physical Therapy in Portage, Michigan for an appointment
The physical therapists at Armor Physical Therapy in Portage, Michigan, are ready to help you reduce the pain and immobility in your joints caused by arthritis. Please contact us today if you are ready to speak with one of our team members to find out how physical therapy can help you feel better.
Our Portage location:
6016 Lovers Lane
Portage, Michigan 49002
Armor Physical Therapy has clinics in multiple cities throughout Michigan. If Portage is too far for you, please visit our locations page to find a clinic more convenient for you.