Updated: Feb 27
Treatment at BURD Physical Therapy can help alleviate pain, stiffness, soreness, and other symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that affects millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the protective cartilage between two bones in a joint wears away, leading to pain, stiffness, and swelling. Fortunately, treatment at BURD Physical Therapy can help reduce symptoms and improve mobility so you can get back to living your life.
Causes of Osteoarthritis
The most common cause of osteoarthritis is aging. As we get older, our joints naturally start to wear down due to everyday use and wear and tear over time. In addition to aging, other factors like genetics can increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis. Additionally, if you’ve had a traumatic injury or if you’ve been engaging in activities that overwork certain joints (such as running or weightlifting) for an extended period of time without proper rest and recovery periods, you are also more likely to develop the condition.
Treatments for Osteoarthritis at BURD Physical Therapy
At BURD Physical Therapy, our goal is to help you manage your symptoms so you can return to an active lifestyle as quickly as possible. Our physical therapists work one-on-one with you to develop an individualized treatment plan tailored specifically to your needs. The most common physical therapy treatments for osteoarthritis involve strength training exercises and stretching/range of motion exercises aimed at reducing pain levels while increasing mobility and flexibility in your joints. In addition to these exercises, we may also recommend using heat or cold therapy to help reduce inflammation or incorporating assistive devices such as braces or walkers into your treatment plan if needed. Depending on individual cases, manual therapy techniques such as massage or joint mobilization may also be employed to reduce muscle tension around the joint and improve range of motion.
Living with osteoarthritis can be difficult but there are ways to manage it with physical therapy treatments from BURD Physical Therapy! Our experienced team will work one-on-one with you every step of the way to develop an individualized treatment plan tailored specifically for you that includes strength training exercises, stretching/range of motion exercises, heat/cold therapies, manual therapies (e.g., massage), and assistive devices (e.g., braces). With our help, you can find relief from your symptoms so you can get back on track toward living an active lifestyle! Contact us today if you have any questions about osteoarthritis treatments or would like more information about how we might be able to help!