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Treating arthritis

When it comes to treating arthritis, you may have more options than you realize!

There is much you can do to reduce your aches and pains from arthritis while gaining more mobility and function. We offer consistent recommendations for our patients suffering with the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.

If you want to know how to relieve and reduce the pain of arthritis, try physical therapy first!

Patients often experience pain from arthritis because of stiff joints, muscles and other tissues. In addition, muscles become weak, therefore not supporting of the arthritic joints. Treating arthritis focuses on muscle strength, improving range of motion, increasing mobility and relieving pain.

In addition, coupling your physical therapy with the following can also help you live life to the fullest and get you back to doing the things you love:

1. Education and self-management:

When your physical therapy is over, your therapist will have equipped you with the knowledge and exercises you need to continue progress on your own.

2. Weight loss:

Maintaining your recommended weight or losing weight if you are overweight can lessen your pain. Weight loss specifically helps ease pressure on joints such as your hips and knees.

3. Footwear and insoles:

If arthritis affects your knee, special footwear and insoles can reduce pain and improve walking.

4. Knee braces:

Osteoarthritis can cause knee instability. A knee brace can help reduce pain, improve stability and reduce the risk of falling.

About the author

Sports + Orthopedic Leaders Physical Therapy & Performance Training serves the communities of Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley, Walnut Creek, Orinda, San Francisco and beyond. SOLPT’s award winning team of Physical Therapists, Performance Coaches and movement experts has helped thousands reach their rehabilitation and performance goals to move beyond pain. We're committed to helping anyone of any fitness level move effectively and more powerfully for a lifetime. We offer rehabilitation and performance services to all populations, with specialties in Sports Rehabilitation, Active Release Techniques, and Manual Therapy Techniques plus Personal and Small Group Training, Sport Clinics and Wellness Services.

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