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Nearly 40 million Americans have arthritis which causes joints to become inflamed or swollen. There are more than 100 types of arthritis that affect the joints, tendons and ligaments of the body. Each type of arthritis has different symptoms and patterns, each requiring different treatments. Common symptoms can include:
Pain or tenderness in the joints
Swelling in one or more joints
Warmth and redness in a joint
Stiffness or difficulty using or moving the joint
While there is no cure for arthritis, most people with the condition can do normal activities of daily living. Some patients need the help of physical therapy to maintain their lifestyles. The clinicians at FlexPlus will work with you to develop a custom program to help you manage the pain and inconvenience of arthritis. Your plan will likely include exercise which - when balanced with rest - can help reduce pain and stiffness, making muscles stronger and joints more flexible. They may also identify the need for devices (such as splints, braces, canes or shoe inserts) to protect joints from the stresses of daily activities and relieve symptoms. Heat therapy and cold laser therapy may be used to increase blood flow and flexibility in the joint. And cold therapy may be employed to numb the nerves and relieve inflammation.
Bursae are small sacs between bone and other moving parts, such as muscles, skin or tendons. The bursa allows smooth gliding between moving parts . Tendons are thick, fibrous cords that connect muscles to bone and they send the power caused by a muscle contraction to move a bone. Bursitis is an inflammation or irritation of a bursa and Tendonitis is inflammation or irritation of a tendon.
Treatment of these two problems is based on the cause and our therapists will design a course of treatment specific to your case. If overuse or injury is the cause, you may be instructed to reduce or avoid a particular activity. Taking the right body position during problem activities is important in preventing the injury from coming back. Our therapists may guide you with your exercise routine where a warmup before and correct posture during exercise may be useful. Splinting the area, applying moist heat or ice, cold laser therapy and using other forms of physical therapy may be incorporated into your treatment plan if appropriate.
Once tendonitis or bursitis goes away, preventing the condition from coming back is crucial. Proper conditioning, comfortable workstations, correct joint positioning, and splints or pads to protect affected areas are helpful.