Apex Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation

Nima Patel, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist located in Old Bridge Township, NJ

Arthritis causes joint pain and stiffness that can keep you from engaging in your favorite activities. Dr. Nima Patel, PT, DPT, and her team of licensed professionals treat patients with arthritis at Apex Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation in Old Bridge, New Jersey. If you suffer from arthritis, call or book an appointment online.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a common condition that causes inflammation in one or more of your joints, such as the knee, hip, shoulder, or back.

There are several types of arthritis, the most common of which are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis involves a breakdown of cartilage or the slippery tissue that covers bone ends where they meet at a joint. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that attacks tissue in your joints.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

The main symptoms of arthritis include joint pain and stiffness that often grows worse with age. Other symptoms may include swelling, heat, or redness at the joint and decreased range of motion.

These symptoms can make it difficult to move around and negatively affect your quality of life. Fortunately, the team at Apex Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation can help you relieve arthritis pain and get back to the activities you love.

Who gets arthritis?

Certain factors may increase your risk of getting arthritis, such as:

  • Advancing age
  • A family history of arthritis
  • Previous joint injury
  • Obesity

Gender may also play a role: Women are more likely than men to get rheumatoid arthritis, while men are more frequently affected by gout, another type of arthritis.

Why should I see a physical therapist for arthritis?

If arthritis limits your ability to function and move throughout daily life, the team at Apex Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation is here for you. By focusing on comprehensive patient care, Dr. Patel and her team create an individualized treatment plan to get you moving safely and effectively.

Benefits of seeing a physical therapist for arthritis include:

  • Improved flexibility and strength
  • Better balance and coordination
  • Reduced joint pain and stiffness

The team at Apex Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation also teaches you techniques to practice at home, such as:

  • Proper body mechanics and posture
  • Using devices such as a walker
  • Home treatments such as hot and cold therapy
  • Modifications to your home environment
  • Exercises and stretches to increase strength and mobility

Your sessions at Apex Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation may also include one-on-one treatments, such as manual therapy or dry needling.

To find out how physical therapy can help reduce your arthritis symptoms, call or book an appointment online today.

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