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5 Arthritis Myths Debunked

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Arthritis is inflammation of the joints that occurs when the cartilage (or
cushion) in the joints starts to break down. It causes pain, stiffness, swelling,
and limited movement because there is no longer any protection to the
bones and they begin to rub together.

There are a number of factors that cause arthritis:

  • Autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Fractures
  • General "wear and tear" (osteoarthritis)
  • Infection

In the United States, 37 million people (or 1 in 7) suffer from some form of
arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis that typically
occurs as we get older. Being overweight, previous injury to a joint, and
repetitive movements placing stress on a joint can all contribute to the
development of osteoarthritis.

Exercise can help those who suffer from arthritis by relieving stiffness,
reducing pain and fatigue, improving muscle and bone strength, and improving
joint health. Physical Therapy can help individuals who are suffering from

Treatments may include:

  • Low impact aerobic exercise
  • ROM exercises to improve flexibility (Range of Motion)
  • Strength training
  • Orthotics to better align joints
  • Aquatic therapy to minimize stress on the joints while exercising
  • Manual therapies (joint mobilizations and massage)
  • Electrical stimulation to reduce pain and swelling