What To do About Your Chronic Joint Pain

In the United States, more than 54 million people suffer from arthritis — a degenerative joint disease — and about 24 million men and women report that severe joint pain limits their daily activities. And, arthritis isn’t the only cause of chronic joint pain. Discomfort and reduced mobility may be due to a variety of other conditions including, bursitis (joint inflammation), fibromyalgia, lupus, and Lyme disease. 

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who deal with chronic joint pain and it affects the quality of your life, you don’t have to rely on prescription pain medications or invasive procedures to get relief. Physical therapy offers a natural, long-term approach that helps reduce your pain and allows you to regain mobility. At Momentum Physical Therapy in West Los Angeles, California, our experienced physical therapists offer a variety of cutting-edge therapies to help you feel better and get moving again. 

The benefits of physical therapy for chronic joint pain

When you suffer from joint pain, the thought of moving your body can make you cringe in anticipation of the discomfort you feel simply performing everyday tasks. Physical therapy helps you get moving safely so you can make progress over time. 

Our licensed physical therapists examine your joints and talk to you about your level of pain.  Then, we design a physical therapy program based on your individual needs so you can begin to move in ways that strengthen your joints and relieve pain. Our goals with physical therapy are to help you improve mobility and restore full use of your affected joints, help you maintain your fitness level, and preserve or improve your ability to perform daily tasks with less pain and discomfort. 

Through physical therapy, which includes a variety of gentle exercises based on your individual needs, you can strengthen your muscles and help prevent injuries. Physical therapy also helps your central nervous system learn to become less sensitive to pain signals. 

Different types of physical therapy 

Depending on your abilities, fitness level, type of joint pain, and personal goals, we may recommend different forms of physical therapy, including:

Pilates-based rehabilitation

Pilates can improve your core strength and posture, and tone and strengthen muscles. Pilates exercises can also improve your flexibility and increase range of motion so you can move arthritic, painful joints with more ease. We use state-of-the-art equipment for a total body workout for effective rehabilitation and to prevent injuries. 

Aquatic physical therapy

When it’s hard to move because of chronic joint pain and stiffness, exercising in a heated pool provides buoyancy to make it easier for you to get moving. Aquatic physical therapy is a great option for adults who can’t tolerate land exercises. Water decreases the force you feel on your joints, takes the pressure off injured joints and muscles, and allows you to move with less pain than you experience when you exercise on land. 

Aquatic therapy builds strength and helps you increase endurance so you can move through your daily routine with less pain and more agility. Our physical therapists work with you hands-on in the water, so you get all the benefits of physical therapy in a safe environment. 

Land-based physical therapy

Our land-based physical therapy program offers a full spectrum of exercises to help reduce inflammation and pain so you can move through your day with ease. Your land-based physical therapy treatment may include:

Once you successfully complete your physical therapy program and feel ready to move forward, we also offer post-rehabilitation fitness programs. These supervised exercise programs are tailored to your needs so you can learn safe and effective movements that help you avoid injury and maximize your fitness potential. 

If chronic joint pain is negatively affecting the quality of your life, we can help you get moving again so you can participate in your favorite activities, or simply move through your day with more ease and less discomfort. Physical therapy gives you the tools you need to become more independent, too. 

Give our West Los Angeles office a call today at 310-473-8287 to schedule an appointment or book online anytime

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