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Arthritis Specialist

Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy located throughout New York State

Physical Therapists & Occupational Therapists located in Farmingdale, NY & Great Neck, NY

Arthritis is one of the most common chronic illnesses in the United States and a leading cause of disability. Physical therapy is often recommended as a noninvasive treatment to manage arthritis and improve quality of life. The experienced team at Reddy Care Physical & Occupational Therapy throughout New York state, can develop a personalized treatment plan to help you gain control over your arthritis so you can get back to doing the things that bring you joy. For arthritis management, call the office today or request an appointment online.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Simply put, arthritis is inflammation of the joints. There are more than 100 types of arthritis, and it can affect one joint or several joints.

  • Monoarthritis: one joint affected
  • Oligoarthritis: 2-3 joints affected
  • Polyarthritis: four or more joints affected

Many people with arthritis suffer through the pain before they receive an official diagnosis, but getting treatment early may help prevent further deterioration of your joint and the debilitating pain that comes with it.

You may be at risk of developing arthritis if it runs in your family. The most common type of arthritis, osteoarthritis, develops due to the general wear and tear your joints endure throughout your life.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Symptoms of your arthritis may vary depending on the type of arthritis you have and the joints affected. In most cases of arthritis, you experience pain, inflammation, swelling, and a reduced range of motion at the site of the affected joint.

With arthritis in the knee, you may experience loss of cartilage, while arthritis in the finger may lead to bone loss.

Your arthritis may also affect other body systems and organs, leading to fatigue, weight loss, or fevers.

What can I expect from physical therapy for my arthritis?

Your doctor may prescribe medication to reduce the inflammation and pain caused by your arthritis, but the team at Reddy Care Physical & Occupational Therapy can devise a treatment plan that provides long-term relief and an improvement in overall function and wellness.

Your physical therapist at Reddy Care Physical & Occupational Therapy creates an individualized treatment plan based on your symptoms, the joints affected, your medical history, and your ultimate functional goals.

Your treatment may include:

  • Exercises tailored to improve joint usage, strength, and mobility
  • Proper body mechanics
  • Correct posture to protect the joints
  • Proper use of walking aids, when needed

The goal of your physical therapy is to restore lost abilities, prevent further loss of use, maintain fitness, and help you take part in your normal daily activities. For the best outcomes, you should start physical therapy early.

To schedule your physical therapy consultation for management of your arthritis, call Reddy Care Physical & Occupational Therapy today or request an appointment online.