You can make your day-to-day life with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) easier by going to physical therapy. It helps you move better, get stronger, and may even mean less pain. The goal of it is to keep you moving. It uses exercise and other methods to stimulate muscles, bones, and joints. The result is more strength, tone, and overall fitness. Physical therapists understand the mechanics of bones, joints, and muscles working together, the problems that can happen, and what to do about them. It’s a good idea to work with a therapist, whether you’ve had RA for a long time, you’re newly diagnosed, and no matter how severe it is. In the early stages of the disease, your physical therapist can check on your strength, fitness, and how well your joints work. She’ll make an exercise plan to keep your joints as healthy as possible. If you have moderate or advanced rheumatoid arthritis, physical therapy can help you keep or improve your strength and flexibility.
Physical therapists are able to progressively tailor treatment plans to the individual by incorporating periods of activity and rest. Exercises that gently improve flexibility, strength, and endurance help to improve the patient’s mood, outlook, mobility, and the ability to participate in important life events. Strength training is a key component of rehabilitation, as most people with RA suffer from muscular weakness even in the early stages of the disease. Despite their disease, patients with RA are able to demonstrate gains in muscle mass, strength, and endurance in response to physical exercise. These positive changes in muscle function are significant in allowing patients to maintain independence and perform daily activities without negative effects on disease process or pain levels. Other benefits of exercise are improvement in bone density, coordination, and balance, which can minimize the risk of falls. At Advanced Rehabilitation, our knowledgeable staff can come up with a tailored treatment plan, so contact us today.