Arthritis – Treatment

By Ehren Allen, Certified Manual Therapist/Physical Therapist

Treatment of Arthritis

There are several ways to treat Arthritis clinically.  Most physicians will try the conservative approach which includes physical therapy.  When the disease progresses, a surgical approach may be the correct approach for you.  Early intervention and an evaluation by a physician is always a good place to start.

  • Nonsurgical Treatment of Arthritis
    At JOI, our occupational therapists offer a paraffin bath for hand arthritis.  It helps to relieve some of the joint pain or inflammation.  Another is option is the use of exercise programs to help you stay active and to lose weight.  Although not typically covered by insurance, acupuncture is a treatment alternative. It is important to work with your physical or occupation therapist to make sure you are doing the correct activities and exercises.

 

  • Surgical Treatment of Arthritis
    Cases of mild arthritis may be treated by arthroscopy. Although the procedure provides some relief from the pain, it will not eliminate the arthritis from the joint. If there is any progression, additional surgery may be needed in the future. A total joint replacement may be the next treatment option.  This surgery is when the arthritis progresses to where there is a loss of motion and pain prevents a patient from performing daily activities.  There are many types of total joint replacements based on your physician preference or your activity level.  Please do your research before deciding which is best for you.

Arthritis can also be treated with medications.  Medications continue to evolve to treat the symptoms of the arthritis.  If you have questions about the management of your arthritis, you should set up an appointment with your physician.

Arthritis Treatment

In conclusion, there are many ways to treat arthritis. Your therapist and physician will help you find a treatment plan which is the best for your needs.  Early intervention is the key to prevent the progression of the disease.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment at JOI Rehab for physical therapy, go to: JOIonline.net or call 904-858-7045.

Finally, to make an appointment with a JOI MD, please call 904-JOI-2000 or schedule online.

By: Ehren Allen, Certified Manual Therapist/Physical Therapist

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