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Benefits of Physical Therapy in Management of Spinal Arthritis

Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019

If you are diagnosed with spinal arthritis, you might find yourself with questions about how to manage escalating symptoms. Though there’s no cure for the condition, decades of medical research have developed practices that are helpful in combating the pain and loss of strength common in arthritic suffers.

The medical community has found that rest and immobility are no longer effective cures for spinal arthritic symptoms. New research has shown that inactivity may actually worsen symptoms by weakening the muscles that support the spine. If you are suffering from spinal arthritic symptoms, contact NeuSpine Institute for a customized treatment plan to alleviate your pain. Our experienced physical therapy team specializes in integrating the latest in scientific research with best practices in physical therapy to guarantee you a better quality of life with spinal arthritis.

What Are Some Risk Factors for Developing Spinal Arthritis?

The signs of spinal arthritis tend to show up after age 50 usually caused by excessive age-related wear and tear on the body. Other factors that contribute to the development of the condition include obesity, physical trauma, and family history. A major risk factor is the repeated stress of athletic activities and job functions that may compromise the spine.

What are the Benefits of Physical Therapy?

When you begin physical therapy at NeuSpine Institute, your physical therapist will design a customized treatment plan with specific goals. While the core of physical therapy focuses on posture and body mechanics, the cornerstones of your treatment plan will include increasing strength, improving flexibility, and promoting coordination and balance.

Arthritis can complicate even the simple things in your life. However, effective physical therapy makes difficult tasks easy again. The recommendation of your physical therapist may include assistive devices and alternative treatment options to alleviate joint pain and stiffness. Assistive devices are used to support people with a limited range of motion. An experienced physical therapist is able to teach you how to modify your home and work environment to improve your functioning. As a result, these suggestions improve the way you go about your day despite spinal arthritis.

How PT-Supervised Exercise Can Help Spinal Arthritis?

An integral part of physical therapy for spinal arthritis is exercise. Usually, a physical therapist will evaluate the patient’s level of fitness on a case-by-case basis for the treatment plan. If a patient is at a low level of fitness, the therapist will recommend the gradual introduction to exercise at a low intensity. Generally, there are three types of exercises recommended for arthritis patients in physical therapy:

  • Aerobic and endurance exercises, such as walking, swimming; activity to build cardiovascular fitness.
  • Range-of-motion exercises, such as gently bending forward, back and side-to-side, are used to improve flexibility and minimize stiffness around the spine.
  • Strengthening exercises, such as light weight-lifting to condition and revitalize muscles.

When spinal arthritis complicates your activities and your daily life, contact NeuSpine Institute for a consultation. We approach every arthritic patient with a customized plan that has three goals: increased function, less limitations, and a decrease in disability. The best compliment we can receive at NeuSpine Institute, is a heartfelt “thank you” from patients who have regained the freedom to live their lives despite spinal arthritis. Contact us today for an appointment.