Arthritis is used to describe inflammation of the joints. The two primary types of arthritis we see are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Osteoarthritis is more commonly experienced by people over the age of 60, but it can also be a result of an injury or occur when joints have been overworked. Rheumatoid arthritis is when the body attacks itself and affects the immune system causing inflammation.
Physical Therapy can help patients understand arthritis and provide treatment to reduce pain and improve movement. Research has shown that physical therapy has both short-term and long-term benefits in helping patients manage the symptoms of arthritis. This care can improve mobility and, as a result, the quality of life for those with this condition.
BALANCE & GAIT DISORDERS
Balance and Gait disorders can make it difficult for patients to maintain a healthy posture and this can impact their normal walking patterns.
Physical therapy can help improve balance and reduce possible injuries. Our Physical Therapists are professionally trained to provide the proper tests needed to find the best treatment plan that improves balance and help patients resume a normal walking pattern.
Bursitis is the inflammation of the bursa sac causing irritation that makes movement painful and sometimes very difficult. Bursitis most often occurs later in life in individuals who are age 40 or older. Signs of bursitis become noticeable when the affected joint feels achy or stiff and when it hurts to press down on the joint or move. Often the joint will look swollen or red.
The treatment provided by licensed physical therapists can help aid the patient in the restoration of motion in the affected joint. Physical therapy can also help increase strength in the muscles and joints which results in improved body mechanics. This improvement decreases the friction on the bursa sac leading to improved mobility with reduced or eliminated pain.
Presently, there is no specifically known cause of fibromyalgia. The condition, in general, is thought to be caused by changes in the nervous system and how the nervous system processes pain. While exact causes aren’t known, medical providers recognize that fibromyalgia could be the result of trauma, arthritis, or emotional stress.
Our Physical Therapists help our patients learn effective ways to interpret pain signals combined with how to manage and decrease symptoms. This is done by creating and executing an individualized treatment plan created specifically for each patient’s individual symptoms and needs.
Motor vehicle accidents can cause trauma to the body that can lead to both minor and major injuries.
Physical Therapy is crucial to the recovery process after a motor vehicle accident. Our physical therapists are trained to create treatment plans that address single or multiple injuries so as to reduce pain and avoid further injuries that can occur long-term when not taken care of directly after the accident.
Osteoporosis is a common condition that many adults are diagnosed with. Osteoporosis is the decreased mass or strength of bones. A patient who has been diagnosed with osteoporosis is more susceptible to fractures. Physical therapy can help patients maintain strength in the body to decrease stress on joint/bones to decrease chance of fractures.
A Physical Therapist will work with the patient to: assist on weight bearing activities to decrease pressure on this weakened area. Treatments may consist of strengthening exercises, balance activities, gait training, postural correction.
POST COVID TREATMENT
Most people who contract COVID-19, do not suffer long term effects. However, in some cases symptoms of this virus can be long lasting for weeks or months beyond the expected timeline for recovery.
Physical Therapy can help people suffering with the long-term effects of COVID-19 by treating the effects of PASC (Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2). Physical Therapy can also help by recommending activities that can improve range of motion, strength, and balance training.