By Aria Dunham
Is your pain persistent?
Feel joint discomfort when you move during regular activity?
Does it hurt to hold an object in your hand?
Bad news. Left untreated, irreversible damage can result to joints, bones, organs and skin.
Good news. There is treatment and hope with strength training, exercise, and flexibility exercises.
Often pain felt when first starting new moves frightens a person and they stop for fear of causing harm. Truth is that there are specific exercises and proper form that can be learned when guided by a licensed physical therapist.
The benefit of working with a physical therapist is that the movement can be practiced and learned in proper form. A plan can be set by the therapist on what types of exercises to practice and home. It helps to have a professional track progress, and push you when it is appropriate.
Flexibility exercises are also a wonderful way to relieve stiffness and increase movement in the joints through their full range of motion.
Sometimes people affected by arthritis will keep their joints bent, not realizing that they may cause permanent loss of mobility. A licensed profession is trained on how to help gently straighten and bend the joints in a controlled manner. A physical therapist can show you the right order to perform your stretching exercises, too.
If you, or anyone you love is suffering from pain that might be arthritis related, we are here to help. Call our office to learn how affordable physical therapy can be. Can you afford not to?
SHP Rehab & Wellness Center, Inc. @ 561-684-9200.