Have your joints been described as bone on bone by your doctor and are you struggling with chronic pain that's leaving you with stiff, aching joints?
This is a symptom of osteoarthritis.
And if you are experiencing joint pain you're not alone.
In fact, osteoarthritis is so common, many think it is part of life or getting older.
When you have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, it does not mean you need to accept the pain that may come along with it as “normal” or due to age.
Is Age The Cause Of Osteoarthritis?
While age is a risk factor, it is not a determining factor.
As we age and our bones start deteriorating. This is biologically true but the extent of it depends on many factors, and age doesn't determine pain and discomfort.
Thankfully, there are options for you.
For example, technology has greatly improved and many people may find hip or knee replacements to be a viable solution to painful joints that can not function to their full ability.
Alternatively, you can treat osteoarthritis symptoms with Manual Physical Therapy which can help you recover from surgery or avoid surgery altogether.
Osteoarthritis Pain While Recovering From Surgery
If you have had joint surgery in the past and still experience pain, manual physical therapy is a good option for you.
Manual physical therapy is the additional step necessary as a follow-up to these surgeries.
This step is necessary to overcome the mechanical deficiencies that surgery can not address.
This type of therapy begins about 6 weeks after surgery and continues as muscle recovery is needed.
While we can not promise 100% pain-free, reduction of pain and increased flexibility and function are the most expected outcomes for our patients.
We analyze your gait and posture and determine how we can make the muscles and joints work more efficiently.
Improving biomechanics decreases stress on the affected joint leading to a reduction of pain.
Stages Of Osteoarthritis
It is important to note that osteoarthritis ranges from minor to severe.
When a joint loses cartilage this means a loss of cushion between your joints affecting the ability of that joint to bend and straighten.
Let’s take a look at the hip for example: at this stage, the hip will not be capable of bending and extending correctly, which changes your walking.
You will start compensating by taking shorter steps etc.
This compensation affects the role of two important muscles needed to take a symmetrical stride.
Importance Of A Symmetry For Osteoarthritis Pain Relief
For muscles to be efficient, they have to go through the full range of motion and recruit the entire muscle fibers.
So what happens when your hip cannot move?
These two muscles (psoas major and gluteus max) will overwork continuously leading to tightness which leads to even more osteoarthritis pain.
Unfortunately, this vicious cycle persists.
Does Releasing Tight Muscles Reduce Osteoarthritis Pain?
This would allow the joint to increase its range of motion which leads to being able to take longer strides.
Longer strides make you stand straighter and make walking more efficient.
As a result, these muscles stop overworking which relieve osteoarthritis pain.
The joint is able to move more efficiently as it is intended, which will naturally decrease your muscle pain.
Returning your body back to the symmetry it was meant to maintain is what ultimately reduces the pain.
Treat Osteoarthritis Pain Without Pills, Injections, And Surgery
The ultimate goal is to regain normal function to joints without dangerous pills, injections or surgeries.
Our goal is to get you back to doing the things you want to do.
We test for and address pre-existing factors prior to a joint replacement surgery and help patients avoid surgery.
If you do opt to have surgery, manual physical therapy accelerates your rehab process and gives you increased functional outcomes post surgery!
We see many patients that have gone through surgery and a couple years later, the pain returns.
This is an example of when the pre-existing factors were not addressed, meaning the compensations they acquired before surgery were not addressed and now came back to haunt them.
We have patients who opt for surgery when they and their doctor see a high probability of a faster and better functional outcome.
However, quite a few of them end up achieving adequate pain relief from Manual Therapy.
As a result, they decide to cancel the surgery.
We support you through your PT journey whichever road you choose to take in regard to your osteoarthritis.
Pre-hab refers to any type of physical therapy that occurs before surgery.
Joann’s holistic approach relies on Anatomy and Kinesiology as a guide to fix the dysfunction in your joints as they move and work together so your body can move more normally.
How Joann’s Manual PT Treatment For Osteoarthritis Works
The first step is myofascial release which may require repetitive motions as your therapist corrects restrictions to the fascia.
At Manual Physical Therapy, we recognize pain as your body’s natural alarm system so, your therapist will focus on making your body symmetrical by working on your body to release painful muscles starting with the most painful first.
There are certain movements or “tests'' your therapist may have you perform to analyze and prioritize your most painful areas.
The dysfunction is what leads to pain.
This is why the pain is reduced after the dysfunction is addressed.
The cycle of assessment and reassessment continues as your therapist ‘tests’ or analyzes the body as a whole before continuing with treatment.
Each painful muscle reveals itself with each assessment and the most painful muscle takes priority until they are all addressed or released.
Individualized Plan of Care For Osteoarthritis Sufferers
Each individual has their own unique limitations and has their own coping mechanisms.
It is these mechanisms and not necessarily age that causes painful muscle dysfunction that gets worse over time.
Using our holistic approach, we continually analyze your body on an individual level.
Each person has their own unique compensations and bad habits they have developed in order to adapt to their limitations.
This is the sum of all the things you do, as a result of pain, just to be able to walk or stand!
If this sounds like the situation you are facing at this time and you think you may have symptoms of osteoarthritis, you may be a good candidate for manual physical therapy.
Our methods have been proven to reduce pain in those experiencing chronic pain for months or many years.
Manual physical therapy may help you recover from surgery or help you avoid surgery in the future.
Learn More About Osteoarthritis Relief At Manual Physical Therapy
It's common for us to see patients who are struggling to enjoy their lives and keep up with their friends and family because of their chronic pain caused by conditions like Osteoarthritis.
Chronic pain conditions can have a massive impact on health and happiness, but we can help you.
To find out more, arrange a free chronic pain consultation where you can discover the best treatment options for you, so you can avoid painkillers, injections or surgery.
Arrange your free chronic pain consultation by filling in our simple webform, or if you would prefer to speak to a member of the team, you can call us on (941) 226-2605
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