Physical therapy is an important part of the treatment program for people with osteoarthritis. Many people with osteoarthritis may suffer from limitations in their range of motion and weakness. Both can be improved with physical therapy. The primary goals of physical therapy are to decrease inflammation, improve range of motion, and strengthen the muscles surrounding the affected joint. In addition to using exercises to achieve these goals, other techniques may include cold and heat therapy, ultrasound, laser, electrical neuromuscular stimulation, and direct muscle stimulation.
Our physical therapists can help educate you about proper exercise techniques and appropriate activities to minimize stress on the affected joint. We have successfully rehabilitated thousands of patients with osteoarthritis.