Do you suffer from shoulder pain? Shoulders are one of the most common areas people suffer from arthritis pain. While shoulder pain is frustrating and can impede your daily routine, the good news is that in most cases you will not require surgery or injections. Even a common rotator cuff tear can respond well to physical therapy.
The term ‘arthritis’ is incomplete and may be misleading as there are multiple forms of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder which causes inflammation. The most common form of arthritis, however, is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the breakdown of joint cartilage leading to pain and stiffness. It is important to remember that the severity of osteoarthritis is only loosely correlated with pain. Many studies show significant osteoarthritis with little to no pain and vice versa. Osteoarthritis is also a normal part of the aging process, but that does not mean it is irrelevant. There are ways to decrease your risks and manage your pain levels through exercise.
Being physically active along with proper diet and sleep are appropriate to help with the symptoms of osteoarthritis and are beneficial to your overall health. Walking can be beneficial to your general health and pain levels, but exercise programs which include strengthening, flexibility, and cardiovascular training are better for osteoarthritis. Furthermore, exercise can also increase your confidence with movement, reduce fear of activity, and alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.
If you are seeking Physical Therapy to reduce your symptoms of osteoarthritis, it is important to be educated and work with a therapist who will cater an exercise plan unique to your ability and comfort level. Phoenix Osteopractic Physical Therapy is ready to help you, contact us at (972) 232-2310 or visit http://www.phoenixopt.com today!