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Arthritis Management

Physical and occupational therapy is a helpful tool for managing arthritis and joint inflammation, including pain, stiffness, and deformity.

What is arthritis management?

Both occupational and physical therapies play essential roles in treating patients affected by arthritis. The primary goals of arthritis treatment include improving and restoring joint mobility; improving the strength of the muscles to support the joint; protecting the affected joints from additional irritation, structural deterioration, or deformity; enhancing the ability to perform daily activities; and managing pain.

Is arthritis management the proper treatment?

Arthritis management is for those experiencing joint and mobility limitations caused by the disease. Arthritis treatments used may include joint mobilization and other manual therapies, paraffin baths, hydrotherapy, fluidotherapy, progressive exercise,  and customized splinting. Your physical therapist will determine the best approach to the treatment based on your specific condition.

physical therapist examining a mans wrist

What to expect

Your first physical therapy appointment is about creating a personalized treatment plan based on your health history, diagnosis, and goals. Here’s what you can expect at your first physical therapy appointment:

Your first appointment will last about an hour. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

If applicable, bring your physician referral or prescription, insurance card, paperwork, ID, and co-payment.

At your appointment, we’ll do an initial evaluation and discuss your care plan.

*Services are not available at every location. Visit our Locations page for more details.

Physical therapy insurance & payment options

We work with most major insurance providers. Although coverage will vary from plan to plan, many physical therapy, occupational therapy and speciality therapy programs are covered under insurance. Learn more about our insurance coverage and self-pay options for physical therapy.