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Benefits of Rehabilitation for Arthritis

Arthritis is an inflammatory condition that affects the joints. It can occur at any age, but it’s more common in smokers, the elderly, and people who are overweight or obese. 

Another significant risk factor for developing joint inflammation is suffering from insulin resistance or diabetes. Research shows that approximately half of diabetics develop arthritis. This may happen because both insulin resistance and diabetes lead to low-grade inflammation in the body. 

If you do suffer from arthritis, one of your best bets to manage your symptoms is to opt for a rehabilitation program. A rehabilitation specialist provides nutrition advice, exercises that reduce inflammation locally, exercises that improve joint function, and other therapies meant to reduce pain and improve functionality.

Are you interested in rehabilitation but unsure about what it entails? Read on to learn what our experts at Northwest Medical have to say about the main benefits of rehabilitation for arthritis. 

Increases mobility and prevents stiffness

There’s a delicate balance between rest and exercise for inflamed joints. The most common type of arthritis is caused by overuse, but staying away from exercise altogether comes with its own pitfalls. Inactivity can lead to a reduced range of motion, decreased aerobic capacity, and lower functionality. 

Rehabilitation includes gentle stretches, massages, and light exercises that increase your overall fitness without triggering pain and inflammation.

Prevents strength and muscle loss

Regardless of your age and protein intake, inactivity leads to muscle loss. Bedridden seniors are affected the most by inactivity. Young bedridden patients lose 1% of their muscle mass per day, while bedridden seniors can lose up to 5% of their muscle mass per day.

Fortunately, within 2 weeks of rehabilitation, most people return to their baseline strength level.

Improves balance

If you suffer from arthritis in your lower extremities, you’ve probably noticed that the stiffness and pain have also impacted your sense of balance. You can use rehabilitation to strengthen your lower body and reduce your chances of falling.

Learn more about rehabilitation for arthritis 

Rehabilitation programs are personalized, and they usually start with passive exercises and gentle stretches. Our providers may also use massage therapy, cold laser therapy, electrical stimulation, and bracing to reduce pain and increase your mobility.

If you want to halt the progression of your arthritis, contact us to schedule an appointment. We offer a supportive environment for our patients to reduce pain, increase mobility, and enjoy a better quality of life.

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