How Physical Therapy Can Help Rheumatoid Arthritis

Category: Physical Therapy, Rheumatoid Arthritis

A diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) can be terrifying. This autoimmune disorder causes chronic inflammation and is degenerative in nature. Since it is an autoimmune disorder, the immune system mistakenly attacks its own body tissues, resulting in inflammation to the lining of the joints and leading to bone erosion and joint deformity.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Signs of RA can include:
• Tender, warm and swollen joints
• Joint stiffness that is usually worse in the morning or after a time of inactivity
• Fatigue, fever and loss of appetite
• Joint pain that is the same on both sides of the body

Physical Therapy for RA Pain Relief

Physical therapy can provide pain relief from RA and help you maintain movement and a higher quality of life. There are two main forms of physical therapy treatment for RA. Passive treatments include:
• Cold therapy to decrease swelling
• Heat therapy to ease muscle tension and increase blood flow
• Hydrotherapy-submersion in warm water to relieve pain symptoms
• Massage to reduce muscle tension and promote circulation
• Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), which works by using an electric pulse to block pain signals from reaching the spinal cord
• Ultrasound that creates warmth using sound waves to increase circulation and reduce joint pain and inflammation

Active RA Treatments involve:
• Flexibility and strengthening exercises to help improve range of motion
• Low impact aerobic exercise to help alleviate stiffness and pain

A diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis can be intimidating, but you don’t need to suffer alone. The licensed physical therapists at Sovereign Rehab have the experience you need to calm your fears and give you relief from your pain. Visit us to discuss all of our services by giving us a call and scheduling an appointment. Our staff can answer insurance questions and help you feel confident in your treatment options.

Posted on behalf of Sovereign Rehabilitation

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