Looking for Arthritis Treatment in Thousand Oaks
by Cheryl Schuhmann-Wertheimer, PT, DPT, August 26, 2015
The Best Arthritis Treatment In Thousand Oaks Is At
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Arthritis is a fairly common condition, affecting 52.5 million adults in the U.S. The term ‘arthritis’ means ‘joint inflammation’ but is applied to around 200 different diseases which can affect any joint in your body. The most common problems with arthritis are pain, inflammation, and stiffness. Arthritis may be caused by a many different things and though it is more common in individuals over the age of 65, it can strike at any age. Fortunately, if you are looking for arthritis treatment in Thousand Oaks, there is a drug-free method that is proven to be effective.
There are a number of ways to treat and relieve arthritis. It make seem odd at first, but physical activity is very important for arthritis sufferers. However, for a person with arthritis, engaging in any kind of physical activity can be daunting as stiffness and pain make even simple tasks seem much more difficult.
Luckily, many people with arthritis have found relief through physical therapy. Here are some ways you will begin to see improvement when working with us:
- Improved movement
- Increased strength
- Decreased pain and stiffness
- Improved overall health
The Arthritis Foundation has this to say about weight loss and exercise:
Losing just a little weight can have big effects. Research shows that each 1-pound loss reduces the load on the knees by about four pounds. Dropping about 5 percent of body weight reduces pain and improves one’s ability to move, and losing a more significant amount – 10 percent or more – slows the disease process, according to a large trial of people with knee OA. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2013 shows weight loss also lowers levels of the body-wide inflammation that contributes to joint damage in OA and related conditions.
Exercise not only makes dropping pounds easier, but it also can improve the pain and disability of knee OA by stopping the domino effect of inactivity leading to weakened muscles, worsening OA, increased pain and less mobility, says Amanda Nelson, MD, a rheumatologist at the Thurston Arthritis Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Reference – www.arthritis.org
Physical therapy helps by using gentle movement and exercises that will help strengthen and restore your body. You may find that you’re able to do much more with much less pain than before. When beginning a physical therapy program, be sure to discuss your goals clearly with your therapist. Maybe you want to be able to play a certain sport or hobby again, or maybe you simply want to write a letter or drive a car with less pain. Whatever your goals happen to be, your physical therapist can help you reach them.