Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the United States. Over 70 million people suffer from some type of arthritis. Simply arthritis is a joint inflammation. There are many types of arthritis and people of all ages can have it. Key symptoms of arthritis include joint pain, swelling and stiffness. The most common types are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout arthritis.
Osteoarthritis – Is the most common type and occurs when the cartilage that covers the end of the bones slowly wears away and it occurs more often with age. It commonly affects the hips, low back, neck, knees and hands.
Rheumatoid arthritis – is an autoimmune disease. The immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue causing the joint lining to swell. People of all ages can get it and commonly affects knees, hands and wrists.
Gout arthritis – Occurs when body overproduces or cannot get rid of uric acid. Usually people over 35 years of age can get it. This arthritis affects more commonly the knees, wrists and big toe.
At Total Care Physical Therapy, our experienced physical therapist will evaluate your condition to determine your strength, range of motion and joint mobility deficits. Then a complete customize treatment plan will be formulated to treat and help you improve and manage your condition. Total Care Physical Therapy offers a range of treatments designed to help slow the progression of the disease, relieve joint pain and discomfort, and improve joint function for enhanced mobility.