Written By: Alena Walrath, LPTA
If you are, you’re not alone. The reason for your pain could be arthritis. Arthritis is joint inflammation, which causes pain and stiffness in the joints. According to The Arthritis Foundation, arthritis affects 50 million adults. People of all ages can have arthritis, but it is most common in older adults. There are also several types of arthritis.
It is best to see your primary care physician or physical therapist to identify the source of any joint pain you are having. If you are diagnosed with arthritis, the best treatment option will depend on which type of arthritis you have. Early diagnosis can be critical in managing pain and damage from inflammation.
While some types of arthritis are triggered by genetic or environmental factors, there are things you can do to be proactive in reducing your risk of developing arthritis. For example, staying active, making sure your weight is within a healthy range and avoiding activities that require repetitive motions can help to prevent arthritis or delay the onset of the disease.
While avoiding movement may seem like the best way to reduce pain associated with arthritis, this is often not the case. Exercise can actually be helpful in managing arthritis. Strengthening the muscles around a painful joint and maintaining joint range of motion can help to manage symptoms and reduce pain. If you are not sure how to start exercising or have questions about what exercises are safe for arthritis, we can help. Contact us to schedule an appointment.
For more information about arthritis and to get involved with finding a cure, go to https://www.arthritis.org/
The Arthritis Foundation: https://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/understanding-arthritis/what-is-arthritis.php