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Arthritis and Physical Therapy

“But I have arthritis, how can physical therapy help me?” This is a common question that we receive in the clinic. PT can actually help, even though we have no ability to change the structure of your cartilage or arthritis itself. There is overwhelming evidence showing that improving strength, flexibility, and balance will decrease limitations in everyday from arthritis1. Not only can physical therapy help decrease pain and improve function but these changes are shown to last over time. The key to success is doing the correct exercises that do not increase force through the arthritic joints but do improve strength around them. If you have questions on how Atlas PT can help your arthritis contact us today.

 Deyle GD, Allison SC, Matekel RL, et al. Physical therapy treatment effectiveness for osteoarthritis of the knee: a randomized comparison of supervised clinical exercise and manual therapy procedures versus a home exercise program. Phys Ther. 2005 Dec;85(12):1301-17.