Answers to Common Arthritis Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about arthritis.

Is physical therapy often used to treat arthritis?

Dr. Michael Raab discusses physical therapy and arthritis. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

 

Physical activity is used to treat arthritis as a way to improve function, reduce pain, and increase mobility, according to the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon. Some arthritis patients may benefit from physical or occupational therapy, according to the CDC.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, a physical therapist can teach the patient:

  • Proper posture and body mechanics for common daily activities
  • Proper use of assistive devices such as walkers and canes
  • Alternative treatment options, such as braces and splints, shoes inserts, and hot and cold therapy to ease joint pain and stiffness
  • How to modify his or her environment, such as ergonomic chairs or a chef’s mats in the kitchen

Talk to your doctor about physical therapy and arthritis.

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Source: Michael Raab, MD, Premier Orthopedics

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