According to the Arthritis Foundation, 46 million Americans (one in five adults) are affected by the disease. In some cases, arthritis can become so severe that sufferers cannot walk comfortably, climb stairs or participate in everyday activities. Contributing factors include heredity, obesity, trauma, repetitive use and age.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and also the most common cause of joint pain. It is a progressive condition involving the breakdown of the joint’s cartilage.
Rheumatoid arthritis differs from osteoarthritis in that it is not from overuse but rather a disorder in which the immune system attacks the healthy tissue that lines the joints, causing chronic inflammation, pain and loss of function.
For most people, the simplest way to combat both type of arthritis is to maintain an active lifestyle and keep moving. Our rehabilitation services can help you learn how to keep arthritis in check with techniques such as:
- Stretching and strengthening principles
- Accelerated healing
- Prevention of future flare-ups
- Join protection education