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Can Physical Therapy Help Alleviate Arthritis Pain?

Can Physical Therapy Help Alleviate Arthritis Pain?

Dr Dan Albright orthopedic therapyArthritis can inhibit a person's motion affecting their quality of life. There are medications and topical treatments that can help, but they can only do so much for arthritis' core problem while they alleviate the pain. Drugs and creams can have side effects, and their effectiveness can decline over time.

Orthopedic Therapy

Physical therapy, on the other hand, is a non-invasive method that can help alleviate arthritis pain. Some people question if physical therapy helps with arthritis, and the answer has been proven as a resounding yes. With the proper care and guidance, physical therapy can improve mobility and, thus, quality of life for those afflicted with arthritis pain.

Arthritis Pain

Such orthopedic therapy works for arthritis pain so well because physical therapy helps encourage blood flow and mobility. Limbs and joints need to be used regularly. It is a very literal case of "use it or lose it." If limbs are not routinely used despite arthritis, the situation will worsen and further inhibit life quality. Physical therapy helps with this as the stretching and movement routines help strengthen joints through repeated use and improved blood flow, easing stiffness through careful, regular effort in a controlled environment.

Improved Mobility

Since the mobility exercises from physical therapy don't overly tax the joints, the gradual efforts help loosen and strengthen joints and limbs without risking the injury that might occur during more vigorous activity. Orthopedic therapy is beneficial when performed regularly, and physical therapy sessions are perfect for such efforts to curtail the pain and stiffness of arthritis.


Whether on its own or in conjunction with a carefully moderated medication or cream regimen, physical therapy provides tangible and even astounding results. All of the benefits of physical therapy help mitigate arthritis's pain and stiffness by strengthening and loosening joints and improving blood flow. It's non-invasive and easy to continue once a routine is developed.

Though medications and creams are helpful, they can cause dependence, adverse side effects, and their response can lessen over time. Physical therapy doesn't have such issues, and the long-term benefits are extensively proven. Physical therapy is one of the best and most effective methods for successfully curtailing arthritis's stiffness and pain. This result can make a marked difference in a person's mobility and quality of life.

Orthopedic Surgeon

Arthritis and the pain that accompanies it can affect people and push them to be more sedentary.  Not using the joints is the worst thing one can do. Orthopedic therapy and moving the joints helps ease the long-term pain, but it takes time to feel the results.  Stick with it. You'll feel better.  If you want more information, contact Dr. Dan Albright, an orthopedic surgeon in Raleigh, NC.  Call 919-863-6808 for an appointment. 

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