Physical Therapy for Osteoarthritis
What is Physical Therapy for Osteoarthritis?
Physical therapy has been proven to be one of the most successful forms of treatment to relieve osteoarthritis pain. Numerous studies have shown that home exercises for osteoarthritis can significantly improve pain and joint function.
Physical therapists include physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, masseurs and some areas of occupational therapy. They know there is NOTHING they can do for the actual wearing of the cartilage in the joint. Physical therapy for osteoarthritis is all about working on the muscles, tendons and ligaments to restore function by improving mobility and so relieving pain and stiffness.
Each type of physical therapist has different philosophies and techniques to do this but the aim is the same for all of them – to reduce the amount of every day pain and stiffness allowing you to do more of the things you enjoy.
Physical therapy for osteoarthritis should include ‘hands on’ work to reduce the soft tissue inflammation. This could be TENS, ultrasound, interferential or hands on massage. Chiropractors, osteopaths and some physiotherapists might also manipulate the joint which stretches the soft tissue. All of them should give you a comprehensive programme of specific exercises for osteoarthritis for you to do at home.
What are the Problems with doing a Physical Therapy Program?
The main problem with doing physical therapy for osteoarthritis is that they are not curing the condition and therefore you have to keep going to the therapist for life. That is expensive. In 2008 someone asked “How much does it cost to have physical therapy for osteoarthritis?” on Yahoo and this is the best answer chosen by voters:
“Theraputic exercise: $78-15 minute increment
Manual therapy: $102-15 minute increment
Theraputic Activity: $98-15 minute increment
Most typically, a 45 minute session is about $250″
That is fairly scary as I doubt the price has decreased since then!
How To Get Physical Therapy for Osteoarthritis Without Breaking the Bank.
The cost and time factor involved with going to the physical therapist is why I developed my two different programs of physical therapy for osteoarthritis sufferers. It is remarkably easy to teach yourself to treat yourself.
You will have no ongoing costs. Plus you never have to worry if you are running late as you can go to the therapist at a time that suits you and even watch your favourite TV program while you do it!
Also I will teach you all the easy lifestyle changes you can make and the other home treatments you can use. That way you have all the weapons you need to really reduce the pain and stiffness you suffer.
Click on these links to find out more and take your first step to free yourself from your osteoarthritis pain. A DIY program of physical therapy for osteoarthritis is a simple by effective way to reduce your pain and stiffness.