Arthritic Conditions

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There are more than 100 types of arthritis currently identified by physicians with more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children currently affected.  Arthritis is also currently the leading cause of disability in the United States, and characterized by joint pain and swelling which limit activity levels.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis or Degenerative Arthritis, is the most common form of Arthritis.  Over time, the smooth covering over bones at the joints, known as hyaline cartilage, may begin to wear away.  This cartilage is responsible for secreting synovial fluid, the oil for your joints.  As the cartilage breaks down you will have reduced secretion of synovial fluid.  BUT WAIT—There’s some good news!  Synovial fluid secretion is stimulated through friction or joint motion.  So… If we get the joints moving in ways that DO NOT increase stress on the joint, your body will naturally lubricate the joint.  So, how do you do this?  Your physical therapists will identify ways to facilitate “pain free” joint motion to help your body lubricate your joints.  Additionally, your therapists will identify any structures limiting joint motion and work to restore joint mobility.

Osteoarthritis of the spine, frequently diagnosed as spondylosis or degenerative joint disease is closely related to another common diagnosis, degenerative disc disease.  These conditions respond very well to conservative physical therapy treatment.  Your therapist will identify the underlying causes of these conditions, and where your low back or neck pain originate.  Through advanced manual treatments, the use of modalities, as well as stretching and/or strengthening exercises, your therapist will help to reduce your pain, and restore your activity levels.   All of our facilities are equipped with state of the art modalities and equipment to meet your needs.   Please visit our Toms River, Whiting, Manchester, Brick, Forked River, Freehold, Jackson, or Barnegat facilities and allow us to “give you your life back.”

***For more information, please see the article “Managing Osteoarthritis with Physical Therapy” written by Candice Brockel in our publications.

Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA)

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, where your immune system attacks the lining of your joints causing painful swelling leading to bone erosion and deformity.  There are many interventions to combat rheumatoid arthritis.  There are several new and effective medications on the market that can limit the effects of rheumatoid arthritis.  Additionally, physical therapy has been shown to be an effective defense of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.  Your physical therapist will assess the joints and structures effected by RA and devise a treatment plan to help to restore prior range of motion and strength.  All of our facilities are equipped with state of the art modalities and equipment to meet your needs.   Please visit our Toms River, Whiting, Manchester, Brick, Forked River, Freehold, Jackson, or Barnegat facilities and allow us to “give you your life back.”

**For more information please see the article in publications, “Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis” written by Marian Nashed, one of our premier Hand Therapist, working in our Jackson and Freehold locations

 Lyme’s Disease

Joint pain and stiffness are often the early signs of Lyme’s Disease.  The symptoms are frequently intermittent without a notable mechanism or cause.  Joints frequently become warm, swollen and painful.  It is common for multiple joint’s to be affected as well.  Through physical therapy, we can help to restore joint ROM and reduce the effects of arthritis associated with Lyme’s Disease.  All of our facilities are equipped with state of the art modalities and equipment to meet your needs.   Please visit our Toms River, Whiting, Manchester, Brick, Forked River, Freehold, Jackson, or Barnegat facilities and allow us to “give you your life back.”

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic Arthritis is a type of arthritis that affects many people who suffer with psoriasis.  Joint pain, swelling and stiffness are the most common symptoms.  Psoriatic Arthritis can affect any and all joints from the small joints of the fingers to the large joints of the knees and hips as well as your spine.  Symptoms frequently vary but tend to coincide with psoriatic flare ups.  The symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis are very similar to that of Rheumatoid Arthritis, however there are some key signs differentiating the two.  It is common for those who suffer with Psoriatic Arthritis to present with swelling of the fingers and toes.  It can give a presentation of “sausage” like digits.  Additionally, Psoriatic Arthritis will frequently create pain where tendons attach to the bone – commonly creating a tendonitis symptom such as Achilles Tendonitis and Plantar Fasciitis.  Your physical therapist will assess your condition through a thorough evaluation and devise a treatment plan to best address your symptoms.  All of our facilities are equipped with state of the art modalities and equipment to meet your needs.   Please visit our Toms River, Whiting, Manchester, Brick, Forked River, Freehold, Jackson, or Barnegat facilities and allow us to “give you your life back.”

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