Physical Therapy for arthritis

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Mobile Rehab provides in-home, outpatient Physical Therapy for seniors.



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Locally owned and operated in North Carolina since 2004

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a term used to describe a group of conditions that affect the joints and can cause pain, stiffness, and inflammation. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of bones wears down over time. This can lead to bone-on-bone contact, which can cause pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body's immune system attacks the lining of the joints, causing inflammation and damage. This can lead to pain, swelling, and deformity of the joints.

There are many other types of arthritis, including psoriatic arthritis, gout, and lupus arthritis. Treatment for arthritis depends on the type and severity of the condition, and may include medication, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes such as weight loss and exercise.

What are the symptoms of arthritis

The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease. It affects millions of people worldwide and occurs when the cartilage that cushions the ends of bones in joints wears down over time. 

This can cause pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion in the affected joint. Osteoarthritis can develop in any joint but is most commonly found in the hands, hips, knees, and spine.

The symptoms of osteoarthritis can vary from person to person. Some common symptoms of osteoarthritis include:

  1. Pain: Osteoarthritis can cause pain in the affected joint, which may be described as a dull ache or a sharp stabbing sensation. The pain may worsen with activity and improve with rest.
  2. Stiffness: People with osteoarthritis may experience stiffness in the affected joint, especially after periods of inactivity or first thing in the morning.
  3. Reduced range of motion: Osteoarthritis can limit the movement of the affected joint, making it difficult to perform certain activities.
  4. Swelling: In some cases, osteoarthritis can cause swelling in the affected joint, which may be tender to the touch.
  5. Crunching or popping sounds: Some people with osteoarthritis may hear crunching or popping sounds when moving the affected joint.

It's important to note that these symptoms can also be caused by other conditions, so it's important to consult with a healthcare provider to determine the underlying cause of joint pain and other symptoms.

Source: Mayo Clinic

What causes osteoarthritis?

The exact cause of osteoarthritis is not fully understood, but it is thought to be caused by a combination of factors, including:

  1. Aging: As we age, the cartilage in our joints can naturally break down and wear away, leading to osteoarthritis.

  2. Genetics: Osteoarthritis can run in families, suggesting that genetics may play a role in the development of the condition.

  3. Joint injury or overuse: People who have experienced a joint injury or who repeatedly use a joint in the same way may be at higher risk for developing osteoarthritis in that joint.

  4. Obesity: Being overweight or obese can increase the stress on the joints, particularly in the hips and knees, leading to osteoarthritis.

  5. Other health conditions: Certain health conditions, such as diabetes or joint abnormalities, can increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis.

While there is no cure for osteoarthritis, there are many treatment options available to help manage the symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. These may include medication, physical therapy, weight loss, and lifestyle modifications.

How can physical therapy help with osteoarthritis?

Physical therapy can be an effective treatment for osteoarthritis by helping to reduce pain and stiffness, improve flexibility and range of motion, and increase strength in the affected joint(s). Here are some ways that physical therapy can help with osteoarthritis:

  1. Strengthening exercises: Physical therapy may include exercises to strengthen the muscles surrounding the affected joint. This can help to reduce stress on the joint and improve stability.

  2. Range-of-motion exercises: Physical therapy can also include exercises that help to improve flexibility and range of motion in the affected joint. This can help to reduce stiffness and improve joint function.

  3. Manual therapy: Physical therapists may use manual therapy techniques, such as massage or joint mobilization, to help improve joint mobility and reduce pain.

  4. Education: Physical therapists can provide education on proper posture and body mechanics to help reduce stress on the affected joint during daily activities.

  5. Assistive devices: Physical therapists can also help to identify and fit assistive devices, such as braces or splints, that can help to support the affected joint and reduce pain.

Overall, physical therapy can be a valuable part of a comprehensive treatment plan for osteoarthritis, helping to improve joint function and quality of life. It's important to work with a healthcare provider to determine if physical therapy is appropriate for your individual needs and to develop an individualized treatment plan.

Frequently asked questions

Patients trust Mobile Rehab

The physical therapist came to our house and carefully reviewed our case. He designed therapies and strategies that have worked well for us. For example, my husband could not get off the floor by himself and I could not lift him when he fell. Together we learned techniques to cope with this situation in our home. Joshua designed fun and effective exercises to improve strength and flexibility. My husband can now get in and out of chairs and cars without help and walks more easily. Since we used equipment in and around the home, my husband can remember and apply what he has learned. Mobile Rehab accepted our insurance and worked out approval to provide services. We did not need a referral from our doctor. My husband and I highly recommend Mobile Rehab if you or a loved one needs physical therapy.Jerry from Pittsboro
I wanted to tell you how much better I think Mom is since starting your PT. She has been less off balance, quicker to equilibrate to standing, and has had more stamina. I also think she is less depressed and feels more accomplished. Josh has been prompt and polite, as well as engaging in conversation to make Mom feel at ease. Thank you!Karen Pool - Google Review
In my many years of experience with PT for a variety of injuries, I have never worked with a therapist as knowledgeable, energetic, patient, and committed to my recovery and health as Celeste. She is interested in the cause of the problem and finding solutions, rather than only dealing with superficial symptoms. The manual work she does always leaves me feeling better and the exercises/stretches she has taught me target exactly where the problems lie. I can tell that I’m noticeably stronger and more flexible because of them. Anyone who gets to work with Celeste is lucky indeed! Judy R - 72 years young 😉
Both my husband and I are working with Amy, a PT for Mobile Rehab. She has been helping me after knee replacement surgery, and is working with my husband with balance, strengthening and walking. She is a gem! She is enthusiastic, engaging, and always positive. I would gladly recommend Amy and Mobile Rehab to anyone who needs physical therapy!Mona Harrison - Google Review
Oh my goodness, I cannot say enough good things about my therapist, Jennifer. After having a complete shoulder replacement and being discharged by my doctor, he recommended that I could still need therapy to help get me back to “normal”. My friend in Asheville recommended Jennifer to me. I set up an appointment and Jen showed up, right on time, at my apartment with her folding table in tow. She was so knowledgeable about how my shoulder worked, the muscles, tendons and the rotator cuff. After working on the painful spots I complained about, she set up a plan to work out the stiffness and soreness. Now, after 2 visits per week for four weeks, I feel like a new woman. At her last visit, she gave me the coping skills I needed to keep my shoulder in good shape. I am so impressed with her work that I recommend her highly as my most favored therapist.Jane Cumby - Google Review
Deb's professional manner is greatly appreciated as she continues to help me maintain my mobility with a variety of exercises and movements. Her positive attitude during my sessions gives me a sense of well-being.Nancy C. - Google Review
Erin Rankin and Cheryl Reid are skilled physical therapists. As a Parkinson's patient, I have benefited greatly from their expertise. I feel that by keeping my muscles stretched, I have contributed to my current state of mobility. If they are going to be a few minutes late, they are thoughtful and considerate by sending a text to me. When scheduling appointments, efforts are made to accommodate my specific timing needs. Due to the longevity of our relationships, levels of trust have been built. Their pleasant personalities add to the care they give. I look forward to seeing them each week. Nancy C - Google Review
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The therapist from Mobile Rehab has been fantastic and very helpful to me. She clearly is the best PT I have ever had.Laureen F of Chapel Hill
Each time a PT moves on we think no one could be as good and them amazingly they seem to be even better. Have used for years and always with great satisfactionSue Clark - Google Review
I have been so impressed with Mobile Rehab. I've been working with Lacey K. DPT. post-op for a knee replacement. She is extremely professional, answers all of my questions and it seems not to bother her if I ask the same question again! She works me hard and that's what I need. She'll tell me either I'm doing it right or will correct me in a very calm and pleasant manner. Lacey explains everything I'm doing and why. I can't say enough good things about Mobile Rehab especially Lacey!Mary Beth Bryman - Google Review

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Mobile Rehab in home physical therapy

Fall Prevention

We provide research-based, individualized fall prevention interventions that have been shown to greatly reduce your risk of falling and injuries, including the OTAGO fall prevention program.

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General Rehab

Avoid driving to a clinic and get the individualized care you deserve. We work with many conditions ranging from post-stroke, Parkinson’s, vertigo to rotator cuff dysfunction and much more. Contact us for details.

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After Home Health

We can improve care continuity by providing in home therapy even after you have been discharged by a Home Health agency. Avoid the hassle of driving and continue to make progress towards your goals.

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Strength and Conditioning

We can help you improve your strength, mobility, range of motion, or any other functional limitations that impair your daily activity.

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Pain Relief

We develop individualized care plans to help manage your aches and pains through exercise and hands-on techniques.