Physical Therapy clinic Lakewood, CO 80226
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Lakewood, CO 80226
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What is Arthritis?

Arthritis Physical Therapy Pain Relief in Lakewood CO
Joint inflammation/disease that can occur in any joint in the bodyThere are over 100 types of joint diseases that affect children and adultsOsteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia are some of the most common forms

Signs and Symptoms of ArthritisInflammation, stiffness and pain are the hallmark signs of arthritis, but following are nine symptoms that can be related to arthritis:

Increased fatigue – associated with increased inflammatory disease activityEasy bruising/bleeding – sign of autoimmune disorderShortness of breath – not uncommon with rheumatoid arthritisPainful urination – side effect of drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritisUnexplained weight change – common with certain forms of arthritisChest pain – related to arthritis in the chestBlood in stool – sign of Crohn’s diseaseAchilles pain – sign of ankylosing spondylitis or psoriatic arthritisPersistent sadness or hopelessness – depression common with constant joint pain

How is arthritis diagnosed?To diagnose arthritis, your doctor will consider your symptoms, perform a physical exam to check for swollen joints or loss of motion, and use blood tests and X-rays to confirm the diagnosis. X-rays and blood tests also help distinguish the type of arthritis you have.

Does physical therapy help arthritis?Most forms of arthritis benefit from Physical Therapy treatments.  Learning how to perform daily activities more safely, learning how to protect and strengthen joints to prevent worsening symptoms and learning what contributing factors and ways to avoid them are just a few things that a physical therapist can teach you.

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Elderly Balance Problems & Outpatient Physical Therapy

You can generally improve your balance with exercise and physical therapy.

Balance disorders commonly affect the elderly.  Balance problems are caused by a number of factors, including medications, disease, inner ear problems, poor muscle tone and lack of activity. Outpatient physical therapy and exercise instruction may help seniors enjoy fuller and more active lifestyles. Whether balance issues are caused by physical conditions or sedentary lifestyles or a fear of falling, physical therapy exercises can help increase balance, coordination, strength and stability.

BenefitsPhysical therapy can help with balance and stability. The general decline of muscle strength, neuromuscular disorders, or middle ear pathology may severely limit your independence and ability to perform daily living activities, which can be addressed with physical therapy.

Balance Retraining TherapyIf you've been diagnosed with any type of middle ear damage or infection, neuromuscular problems, or general decline in strength or health your balance and stability may be compromised. Balance retraining therapy is effective in helping you maintain your balance as well as increase your strength, range of motion and ability to perform daily living skills. This type of training can be done at an outpatient physical therapy clinic. Some exercises performed in balance retraining therapy include hand-eye coordination exercises and range of motion exercises that help your body adapt to changing position, as well as strengthening joints and flexibility and balance exercises with the help of your physical therapist.

WalkingWalking is a common physical therapy exercise used by physical therapists to help rehabilitate patients who've experienced balance or gait problems. Heel to toe walking, side stepping and forward and backward walking with focus on stride length and stability are examples of ways to address balance functionally.

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