Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition characterized by the breakdown of the joint’s cartilage over time. Cartilage is the material at the end of your bones that absorbs shock at the joint, provides cushion and allows easy, pain free movement. With severe cartilage breakdown the bones of that joint can rub against each other, causing stiffness, pain and loss of movement. Once cartilage has broken down it cannot be restored. However proper medical management including medication (as appropriate) in combination with physical therapy can help you to minimize your pain and stiffness, restore range of motion and function, and slow the progression of the condition.
We can provide you with gentle stretching and range of motion exercises to normalize your mobility and minimize stiffness. We will also provide you with a safe strengthening program to effectively strengthen the muscles surrounding the affected joint. Strengthened muscles provide shock absorption and stability to the arthritic joint, which will help decrease your pain and improve your function. We can also show you safe ways to use your body with daily activities, exercise to maintain your overall fitness through body mechanics and joint conservation, as well as teach you how to use walking aids such as crutches, a walker or cane if necessary. Our staff is experienced with working with patients with arthritis and can provide you with the necessary education to manage this chronic condition.