Managing Arthur-itis!

Managing Arthur-itis!

Arthritis – How to Manage!

Do you have knee or hip pain that has been ongoing, chronic and only seems to be worsening? Have you been diagnosed with arthritis, or have been told that arthritis runs in your family? Are you worried you may need a joint replacement in order to improve your symptoms and lifestyle? The answer is NOT ALWAYS! There are many factors to consider when it comes to managing arthritis. These factors include (but are not limited to) medical intervention, lifestyle changes, proper self-care and wellness routines. There is no “one size fits all” approach – and each person should have an individualized plan to manage their symptoms. A few considerations and tips to begin:

Seek out the proper health care professional

  • Healthcare providers that should be considered when looking to diagnose and manage your arthritis include:
    • Physical Therapists, Orthopedic Doctors (surgical and non-surgical), Massage Therapists, Chiropractors, etc.


  • Physical Therapy
    • A PT will provide an evaluation to assess your joint function, pain, flexibility and strength. They can develop a routine that is individualized to you and your goals.
  • Personal trainer or small group training
  • Maintenance routine: for example – swimming, walking, cycling, etc.

Diet, Supplements and Weight Management

  • Proper diet:
    • Anti-inflammatory foods (berries, leafy greens, fish, nuts), omega 3 fatty acids, etc.
  • Supplements for joint health:
    • Some examples include glucosamine,chondroitin, ginger, turmeric, etc.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight:
    • It is important to decrease the stress on weight bearing joints. Carrying additional weight can increase force through the joint causing increased pain and discomfort.

Stress Management

  • It is important to keep stress levels to a minimum when dealing with an inflammatory disease such as arthritis. Some healthy ways to help decrease internal stress include meditation, yoga, deep breathing, exercise, and counseling.

Modalities and Rest

  • Some low cost modalities that can be used in home to assist with managing arthritis symptoms include:
    • Hot/cold therapy, TENs machines, massage gun, cupping, foam rolling, etc.
  • It is also important to prioritize sleep when it comes to managing arthritis. You need proper sleep and rest days for weight bearing joints to allow for decreased force and stress to the joint.

Medications and Medical Intervention

  • Medications that can be helpful to those experiencing arthritis pain include:
    • NSAIDs, biologics, pain relievers
  • Medical interventions that can be considered include:
    • Injection therapy: steroid, viscosupplementation, prolotherapy, PRP, etc.
    • Joint replacement surgery – typically will be utilized as a last option when all other conservative methods have been trialed first.

Have more questions about arthritis? Give us a call at 610-241-2685 and schedule a consultation with one of our licensed Physical Therapists!

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