WHAT IS ARTHRITIS?
Arthritis is swelling or inflammation at one or more of your joints. There are many types of arthritis but the most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. As arthritis generally worsens with age, the main goals for treatment are to reduce symptoms of pain and swelling, improve motion, strength, and quality of life.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OSTEOARTHRITIS AND RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS?
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and it is characterized by wear and tear on on the cartilage of the joints. Damage to the joints can lead to bone grinding directly on bone causing pain, restricted movement and decreased functional mobility. This damage may take years but is often worsened or sped up with joint injury or infection.
In rheumatoid arthritis, the body's immune system attacks the lining of the joint capsule, a tough membrane that encompasses all of the joint parts. This capsule becomes inflamed and swollen. The disease process can eventually destroy cartilage and bone within the joint. Rheumatoid arthritis can become debilitating due to this process and the joints deteriorate over time.
SYMPTOMS OF ARTHRITIS
The most common signs and symptoms of arthritis involve the joints. Depending on the type of arthritis you have, your signs and symptoms may include:
- Decreased Range of Motion
WHAT DOES SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT FOR ARTHRITIS PAIN LOOK LIKE AT BARRINGTON PT?
The driver of the successful plan of care begins with proper diagnosis of the injury. At Barrington Physical Therapy we provide hands-on care using a variety of hands-on techniques to help the shoulder feel better, move better, and get you back to your activities that you have been missing.
If you have questions or would like to schedule your physical therapy appointment call or text us at (603) 617-4420.
We are happy to help in your recovery.