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Physical therapy can help you get moving safely and effectively. Physical therapists are licensed professionals with graduate degrees and clinical experience who examine, diagnose, and treat or help prevent conditions that limit the body's ability to move and function in daily life. Physical therapy focuses on the body's ability to engage in movement. Movement can be anything from getting in and out of chairs to climbing stairs, walking in your neighborhood, playing a sport or doing recreational activities.
As it relates to arthritis, physical therapy goals typically include:
* improving the mobility and restoring the use of affected joints
* increasing strength to support the joints
* maintaining fitness
* preserving the ability to perform daily activities
When you meet with one of our therapists, after discussing your type of arthritis, symptoms, pain levels, etc., an individualized plan of care will be designed and developed to improve your flexibility, strength, coordination, and balance to achieve optimal physical function. Our staff will teach you proper posture and body mechanics for common daily activities to relieve pain and improve function as well as show you how to properly use assistive devices such as walkers and canes and even suggest modifications to your environment such as ergonomic chairs or cushioned kitchen mats. Between you and the therapist, you may find different treatment options such as use of braces, splints, and shoe inserts may be the way to go.