Arthritis Physical Therapy in a Few Simple Steps

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Back, bone, Pain, therapy, Tips | 0 comments

It has been proven time and again that performing physical therapy can help make your arthritis better. It will help you regain your strength and be more flexible too. Here are some simple steps that you can do to alleviate your condition. Work with a Pro Look for a doctor that has the expertise and knowledge about arthritis. You can ask around from your family and friends or do your own research on the internet. When you find the right doctor for you, work with him or her in a cooperative manner. A physical therapist can also make sure that you are doing the exercises correctly and show you new ones that you can try so you’ll be less likely to get frustrated and give up.   Always Have a Positive Mindset If you’re body is not in a good condition or is hurting too much today, then what you can do is work on a different part that is less painful. Warm water exercises are also good because the water’s buoyancy relieves pressure on the joints and the warm feeling is soothing. Just like any other exercise program, you are most likely to do it every day if you make it a habit at the exact same time. So strictly schedule your exercise program and never cancel on it!   Turn Up the Heat If You are Having Stiff Joints When you wake up to a cold morning, do a warm shower as therapy. Always remember that moist heat increases muscle relaxation, boosts blood supply to the painful area and relieve muscle spasms. Do it and you’ll find it easier to follow your exercise program once your muscles feel soothed by the warm water.   Include Aerobic Exercise Aerobic exercise has a big role to play in arthritis physical therapy because weight-bearing activities can build and strengthen bones. It also reduces the risk of developing new health problems like heart disease and diabetes. Look for a walking partner to make the activity more fun. You may also sign up for a class for people who have arthritis. You are less likely to bail if you know that other people are counting on you to show up. Check with your local Arthritis Foundation to find a health club near you that offers arthritis-friendly exercises like yoga, tai chi,...

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How Physical Therapy Can Help with Fractures

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in bone, Tips | 0 comments

A fracture occurs when a bone’s injury results to a crack or a break to it. Although it happens quite commonly, having a fracture is actually a medical condition that requires immediate attention. It should not be dismissed even if you are just suspecting that you fractured a part of your body due to an accident or a non-related medical condition that has affected the strength of your bones. There are different types and different kinds of fractures. Only a proper diagnosis done by a physician and x-ray can pinpoint exactly what type of fracture you have. The types are: Type 1 This is the type of fracture where there is a break on your bone but your bone is still in the exact position it should be. Type 2 With this type of bone fracture, a part of your bone is displaced or has shifted. Type 3 Type 3 fractures characterize multiple breaks in the bone and are a very serious medical condition that usually needs immediate surgery. All types of fractures need medical attention, which you have to seek as soon as possible to avoid further damage and so that you could immediately start proper care and rehabilitation to go back to normal daily activities without too much pain and discomfort. Physical therapy has helped out many patients with fractures. After the cast has been removed, therapy is advised to follow. The type of course depends on what kind of fracture you have but generally, a licensed physical therapist can help you regain your fitness and restore movement as well as strength to the affected area. The physical therapy clinic you choose should have all the services you need to be guided as to how you can return to your normal activities safely as well as provide you with the assistance in doing exercises that will help get your bone function back to normal in a slow but sure way. Ankle Ankle fractures are very common and unfortunately, rehabilitation of the anklebone can take many months. A physical therapist will help you bring back movement and slowly increase it as you move along into the therapy. After sometime of carefully walking on crutches, you will move on to adding exercises that will strengthen the muscles around your ankle and other parts such as your knees, hip and lower trunk. Wrist and elbow Fractures to the wrist and elbow are most common to those aged below 75 and also requires a lot of therapy. Whether the fracture is from reaching something or falling on your wrist to break your fall, a physical therapist should be able to assist you regain the control and movement of your elbow and wrist while at the same time helping you continue to exercise the rest of your body. Hip Hip fractures often require surgery and months of physical therapy after that. This kind of fracture usually happens to older people but proper therapy can still give patients the benefits of complete recovery. Physical therapy for this kind of fracture should also still cover exercise for cardiovascular and other parts of the body. Find a licensed physical therapist in MD...

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