JOI Stretch 2012
By Robert Lim, PTA and Jared Ernest, PT
JOI Stretch 2012
What is Arthritis?
Many patients that visit a doctor receive a diagnosis of arthritis. Sometimes, it is unclear as to exactly what this means and most importantly how the patient can manage this problem.
While we think of arthritis as one disease, it is actually a group of more than 100 medical conditions. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. Typically affects people older than sixty. However, some forms of arthritis can start as early as infancy.
Basically, arthritis is athron (Greek) meaning joint with its Latin meaning inflammation. One characteristic that links all levels of arthritis is that they all affect the musculoskeletal system at the joints. Simply, joints basically are where two or more bones meet. Let’s focus on OA (Osteoarthritis) which we typically treat at JOI Rehab.
Osteoarthritis and Joints
OA causes inflammation of the joint which in turn destroys the cartilage which cushions the joint. This process leads to pain, stiffness, and swelling which leads to limitation of daily activity. Simple tasks such as walking, going up and down stairs and brushing your teeth become painful activities. Next, because of this pain, your activity and exercise level decrease. This causes the muscles that support the joint to become weak. With weak muscles, the OA takes a firmer hold on destroying the joint. The joints where this occurs are usually the knees, hips, spine and back.
The Good News
Arthritis is a disease that can be managed to lessen its impact on your life. The Physical and Occupational Therapists at all JOI Rehab centers can treat your arthritis. We will work individually with you to set up a program. We will help you maintain your joint mobility and strength. Our goal is to not cause further damage to the joint. In other words, we can show you how to reduce the strain on your joints as you go about your daily activities. Therefore, let JOI Rehab help break you out with arthritis and regain your freedom from pain.
JOI Stretch 2012 Conclusion
In conclusion, we hope you enjoy this version of our newsletter.
- To schedule a new patient or follow up patient appointment, please call (904)JOI-2000.
- Finally, to schedule an appointment for physical or occupational therapy, call 904-858-7045 or call any of the 12 area JOI Rehab Centers.
JOI Fracture and Injury Care
JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP Fracture care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. Finally, to learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care.