Arthritis is the swelling and inflammation of joints. It covers a group of more than 100 diseases that involve inflammation of joints and discomfort in the connective tissues throughout the body. The most common types are Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis. There is also Gout, which is one of the most curable forms of Arthritis.
There are many different ways we can reduce the inflammation and pain through physical therapy.
Iontophoresis: Using a low-volt direct electrical current to deliver medicine such as an anti-inflammatory or a pain-reliever, this penetrates the skin to the affected and painful area.
Laser: At PDR we’ve been successfully using low-level lasers to promote healing and pain relief. Lasers send cold light through skin layers to soft tissue cells to stimulate blood flow and cell metabolism. The laser helps promote natural healing and pain relief.
Manual Therapy: Mobilization and manipulation techniques are applied to a joint or soft tissue in a specific manner to help restore full movement to a joint that is painful and restricted. Our skilled manual therapists are very helpful with chronic forms of arthritis and are often successful when other methods such as heat and exercises have given little or no relief. PDR’s therapists have taken many courses in Strain Counterstrain and used this manual technique with great success.
Therapeutic Exercise: Exercises such as Collateral Arterial Flow Exchange (C.A.F.E) are taught. The idea is to concentrate and direct blood circulation and nutritional reach to the damaged region. By means of the Collateral arteries the nutritional support to the damaged joint is increased. All exercises focus on maintaining strength as well as increasing flexibility and mobility of the joints.
Ultrasound: This type of therapy uses high-energy sound waves (those above the range we hear) to help ease painful joints and muscles. Ultrasound treatment is done by a therapist who guides the waves into the body through an ultrasound machine.