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The CDC estimates that more than 52 million Americans have some form of arthritis. Out of those 52 million, 27 million have osteoarthritis. Here at Lubbock Advanced Physical Medicine, we can formulate a treatment plan to lower your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Arthritis is a generic term to describe more than 100 different types of joint inflammation. Depending on the severity, the arthritis may affect only the joint or the joint along with the ligaments, tendons and soft tissues.
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis and is considered a degenerative joint disease. Osteoarthritis affects the entire joint, including the cartilage, ligaments and bones. While a cure has not yet been developed, the symptoms and joint function can be improved through various therapies and by staying active.
Individuals tend to develop arthritis symptoms between the ages of 40 and 65. Pain and stiffness are generally worse in the morning or after sitting for extended periods of time.
Here at our pain management and rehabilitation clinic in Lubbock, we can evaluate your arthritis symptoms and recommend a course of treatment to reduce your joint stiffness, pain and swelling. One of the most common recommendations for arthritis sufferers is to remain active. Unfortunately, many arthritis sufferers find it difficult to perform certain activities. Dr. Kothmann can provide you with different ways to perform daily tasks and recommend certain exercises that can help you manage your symptoms so that you can stay active.
Reducing inflammation and swelling can improve joint function. Massage therapy can loosen tendons and ligaments and lower inflammation and swelling. It also reduces body-wide muscle pain, which can reduce the amount of pain you feel on a daily basis.
It is imperative that individuals with arthritis stay as active as possible. We can help increase your activity levels through targeted exercises and stretches. The stretches will help loosen tight joints, ligaments and tendons. The exercises will help you maintain and even improve your joint function while lowering your pain.
To further increase your activity levels and reduce the risk of injury, we may also recommend safer ways to perform everyday tasks, like getting groceries, cleaning, cooking and performing yard work or gardening.
Being overweight puts tremendous stress on the joints and can increase a person's risk for developing osteoarthritis. The joints most affected by weight gain are the knees. Each time you take a step, your knee is subjected to a force of 1.5 times your body weight. This means that if you weigh 250 pounds, your knees are subjected to a force of 375 pounds. By eating healthy and losing weight, you will be decreasing the forces on your joints and reducing your arthritis symptoms.
To schedule an appointment for your arthritis, call us at (806) 791-3399.