Osteoarthritis Treatment Baltimore, MD
Osteoarthritis is one of the most painful types of arthritis a patient can suffer with. It is also one of the most common, with an estimated 27 million Americans diagnosed with the condition, and three million more people diagnosed each year. If you live in Maryland and suffer from the pain and frustration of this condition, osteoarthritis treatment in Baltimore, MD at LeMoine Physical Therapy may be able to help.
What Is Osteoarthritis?
When a person is diagnosed with osteoarthritis, it means that the cartilage at the ends of the bones of the affected area has worn down. The wearing down of this flexible tissue occurs gradually, often with aging, and becomes worse over time. With the cartilage gone, this leaves the area with “bone on bone” and that is where the problems begin.
Areas commonly affected include the neck, lower back, hands, hips, and knees. The most common symptom is joint pain.
Treatments for Osteoarthritis
One of the most significant and non-invasive osteoarthritis treatments in Baltimore, MD is physical therapy. Movement is key, even if that movement is painful at first, however it is important to remember that the more you move, the less pain and stiffness you will have. Physical therapists are movement experts so what better place to come to alleviate your symptoms than LeMoine Physical Therapy.
Multiple studies have shown that physical therapy benefits osteoarthritis patients by:
- Maintaining or increasing the range of motion of the joint
- Strengthen the muscles that surround and support the affected joint
- Adjust the patient’s posture
- Improve the patient’s balance
- Instruct the patient in the use of any needed assisted devices (i.e. canes and walkers)
A physical therapist can also suggest modifications to the patient’s home or work environment that can help with symptoms, such as the use of a cushioned mat in the patient’s kitchen or ergonomic chair at their work.
In addition, the physical therapist may have other treatment option suggestions, including hot and cold therapy, shoe inserts to help with stress on the legs and feet, or braces and splints to help support affected joints.
There are other types of treatments that have been shown to complement the treatment provided by a physical therapist and help ease the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis, including:
- Therapeutic massage – Studies show that therapeutic massage can help reduce muscle tension and improve circulation.
- Acupuncture – Many patients have also had success with acupuncture.
- Turmeric supplement – One of the chemical components in turmeric – curcumin – has been shown to help ease the inflammation and pain of arthritis in multiple studies.
- Cannabidiol (CBD) – Products containing CBD also help reduce pain, inflammation, and anxiety that many osteoarthritis patients suffer with. CBD products do not contain the active ingredient in marijuana that produces the “high” feeling. Many patients find relief in topical creams and gels that they apply to painful joints.
Call Our Clinic for Help
Living with osteoarthritis can be painful and have a profound impact on a patient’s quality of life. If you suffer from this condition, contact LeMoine Physical Therapy to find out about the osteoarthritis treatment in Baltimore, MD we provide. Call our office today to schedule a consultation.