Welcome to the May 2023 issue of In Focus with PT Plus Physical Therapy
What's New at PT Plus
Find us in Cedarburg!
We are excited to announce that we have opened a new clinic in Cedarburg! Just off Washington Avenue, in Muscle and Movement Therapy. Stop by Wednesday, May 17th from 4-6PM for our Grand Opening party!
Look for PT Plus at the Port Festival of the Arts Event
PT Plus is looking forward to being a vendor at the upcoming Port Festival of the Arts. You can join us for some fun, music, and art on Saturday, June 3rd from 11AM - 5PM. Stop by and say hello to the PT Plus staff.
Welcome Anna Grassman
Anna joined PT Plus in April and has been covering the Racine and Third Ward clinics. Anna loves Milwaukee and wants to integrate her profession into the community. A self-proclaimed foodie, Anna loves cooking for her friends and family or checking out a new Milwaukee restaurant.
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Years of pain and different doctors prescribing meds and never a solution. A friend told me about PT Plus and it changed my life literally overnight. Was experiencing head/neck pain with both arms numb. My first session with Lindsay was AMAZING as I felt my arms and now sleep soundly. No need for meds either. This is NOT your average Physical Therapy. Every session they Amaze me more. Thank you so much for giving me hope again!
Movement is Medicine: Physical Therapy & Arthritis
May is national arthritis month. Arthritis may seem relatively benign - everyone knows someone who has arthritis. But here are some numbers that help put the problem of arthritis into perspective.
May is national arthritis month. Arthritis may seem relatively benign - everyone knows someone who has arthritis. But here are some numbers that help put the problem of arthritis into perspective:
The Benefits of Physical Therapy for Managing Arthritis Symptoms
Arthritis comes in 2 forms: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs because of wear and tear on the joints over time. Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory, autoimmune disease. It occurs because of the immune system attacking the joint lining. Physical therapy can reduce joint pain, improve mobility, and help to prevent further damage to the joints. Using individualized exercises, physical therapists help people manage their condition and reduce discomfort. Physical therapists often combine advice on lifestyle modifications with exercise to maximize improvement. Let's look at the types of exercise that can help manage arthritis symptoms next.
Range of Motion Exercises
These gently move affected joints through their entire range of motion. This can help reduce stiffness and improve mobility. Examples would include things like gentle stretching, tai chi, or gentle yoga.
Aerobic exercise creates repeated motion, moving the synovial fluid in the joints. It also increases blood flow and releases endorphins which reduce pain. Aerobic exercise also helps to control weight. Weight loss is proven to reduce the stress on your joints, which can reduce pain. Aerobic exercise for people with arthritis should be low impact. This would include things like walking, cycling, or swimming.
Strength training is an important part of managing arthritis. It decreases pain, improves strength, and function. Stronger muscles around the affected joints provide better support and protection.
Exercising in a therapeutic pool can be a great way for people with arthritis to get started. The buoyancy of the water helps to relieve some of the body's pressure on the joints. The water pressure also provides compression on the joints. This offers some stability and pain relief. The movement of your body through the water creates resistance for your muscles. This allows them to get stronger in a protective environment.
Besides designing a custom exercise program, a physical therapist will educate people with arthritis on lifestyle modifications to help mange their symptoms. Some suggestions might include weight loss, getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and managing stress. A PT can also modify daily activities to help protect joints affected by arthritis. This can slow down or prevent progression of symptoms. Physical therapy is a safe and effective treatment for arthritis. Current clinical guidelines for treating arthritis include strong recommendations for exercise and other physical therapy treatments. If you're one of the 53 million Americans with arthritis, give your PT a call. They're a great provider to help you reduce pain, manage your symptoms, and move better.