Arthritis: An inevitable part of aging? 😱Are pain-relievers really the best option?
We’ve all seen the television advertising for arthritis pain relievers; as the camera zooms in on a pair of aging hands, being wrung together in obvious pain, an announcer boasts the benefits of the latest pain-relieving drug – cut to hands happily playing the piano as the children and grandchildren sing along, smiling. It’s a miracle drug! Although arthritis is a natural part of the aging process, thanks to a lifetime of wear and tear upon the joints – drugs are not always the best answer. Pain-killing drugs can have side effects; like the risk of addiction, sickness, constipation, drowsiness and loss of concentration.
Whether your arthritis is the result of genetics, or a lifetime of overuse, or an auto-immune disease, which typically has an earlier onset, you must keep moving, even though every bone in your body seems to be urging you to stop! Of course, there will be times when arthritis damage is so extensive that joint replacement may be the only option. But if you’re just starting to feel that stiffness when you wake up in the morning – or when trying to open doors, button your shirt or hold a toothbrush – we can help keep you moving without doing more damage, without drugs, and without surgery.
Studies have shown that physical therapy can be just as effective as painkillers in relieving arthritis pain – and patients who have enrolled in a physical therapy program report better and longer-lasting results in pain relief than those who opted for drug therapy.
Although there is no cure for arthritis – which most commonly effects the joints of the neck, hands, feet, back, hips and knees – treatment under the supervision of a qualified physical therapist can help you to improve your range of motion and strengthen supporting muscles to lessen pain and help get you back to doing what you love.
So, go ahead – call Allied Physical Therapy to make an appointment for an evaluation – then call your country club and reserve that tee time! You’ll be back to doing what you love in no time!
We invite you to download one of our eBooks, “Knee Pain: Seven Strategies for Reducing Chronic and Acute Flare-Ups,” or “Neck Pain: Seven Fast Strategies for Reducing Flare-Ups Naturally.”
Inside, you will find tips to help alleviate pain and get yourself moving again.
If you’re not feeling better in a week, your Allied specialists are standing by, ready to guide you in your treatment journey. We can help get you back to everything you love about your time in the Florida sun! Don’t delay – call today!
…Speaking of Your Golf Game ⛳️
Did you know that Allied Physical therapists can actually help you to improve your swing? Many times, a weakness in the elbow, arms, shoulder or back can routinely send your ball into the rough, or a sand trap or a water hazard. And throwing your clubs after every bad swing will only exacerbate the problem. The team at Allied can help to fix the underlying problem so you can actually keep the ball on the fairway! Call today for an appointment!