Arthritis

Loudoun Physical Therapy

Physical Therapists located in Leesburg, VA & Lansdowne, VA

Arthritis can cause chronic aches and pains in the neck, back, hands, feet, and hips. Using a variety of innovative healing techniques, the team at Loudoun Physical Therapy in Leesburg and Lansdowne, Virginia can help you relieve stiff joints and reduce inflammation in your body. Regain mobility and ease today ― book an appointment by phone to get started. We also service the nearby cities of Ashburn, Sterling, Purcellville, Lovettsville, Reston, and Dulles.

Arthritis Q & A

What causes arthritis?

There are two common forms of arthritis: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is more common, and it’s a condition characterized by inflammation, stiffness, and pain in your joints. It can develop naturally with age, as cartilage on your joints wears away. When this happens, you have less cushion and lubrication around your bones, which creates the symptoms of arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis can produce similar symptoms to osteoarthritis, but it is an autoimmune condition. With rheumatoid arthritis, the body attacks the lining of the joints and creates inflammation, sometimes throughout the entire body.

Past injuries can trigger arthritis, especially if the area didn’t heal properly or if you consistently put stress on this part of your body.

How is arthritis treated?

Physical therapy can address arthritis in a number of different ways. At Loudoun Physical Therapy, your practitioner creates a customized treatment plan that’s tailored to your needs. Your therapy might include:

  • Active range of motion (AROM) therapy
  • Strength and flexibility exercises, either performed in the office or at home
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Inflammation-reduction techniques
  • Nerve stimulation
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Ultrasound therapy

Your treatment plan might also include stretching exercises, dietary modifications to reduce inflammation, or a change in your normal exercise routine.

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, it’s important to work with your primary care physician on a comprehensive treatment plan. Your practitioner at Loudoun Physical therapy can collaborate with other members of your medical team for best results.

What are the benefits of physical therapy for arthritis?

Many people with arthritis avoid exercise or certain movements because they don’t want to experience pain. However, arthritis only worsens the more sedentary you are. This is why physical therapy is so helpful ― it keeps the joints lubricated and enables the body to regain mobility.

Your physical therapist can teach you how to move and exercise in a way that won’t further damage your joints or cause more pain. The experts at Loudoun Physical Therapy can help you return to a place where daily activities are easy and effortless.