Over 32.5 million adults in the United States suffer from osteoarthritis. Physical therapy can help provide relief from symptoms. If you need a physical therapist in Parkville, Maryland, you can visit Comprehensive Spine and Sport Center and get some relief from osteoarthritis.
What Is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis happens when the cartilage and joint bones break down causing pain, stiffness, continued deterioration of the affected area and possible disfigurement. It usually affects the hips, knees and spine, but it can occur anywhere in the body. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage and joint bone are negatively impacted, leading to an excess “bone” layer that further compromises the joint and cartilage. Over time the joints functionality becomes more and more limited, and other symptoms such as pain and stiffness appear. Osteoarthritis in the spine can affect many other parts of the body, but it shouldn’t be confused with osteoporosis, which increases risks of fractures.
Who Suffers from Osteoarthritis?
Anyone can have osteoarthritis; however, it is most common in adults over 60 years of age. The level of symptoms and joint degradation can vary greatly depending on the individual, the level of care they receive, and the types of care received. In people over 50, women are more likely to suffer osteoarthritis than men. Additionally, people in their 20s and 30s can develop the condition: it is usually caused by repetitive use or injuries. Pediatric osteoarthritis is uncommon.
How Physical Therapy in Parkville Helps
Physical therapy has a number of benefits for people with osteoarthritis. These benefits include reduction in swelling, alleviating stiffness and reducing pain the in affected area or areas. With time, physical therapy can help improve the way you walk, bend, stand, move and overall joint function. The physical therapist can also give you a number of exercises you can do on your own to help improve joint functionality. These exercises will help improve flexibility and strengthen muscles.
If you have osteoarthritis, you can get help by utilizing the physical therapist services at Comprehensive Spine and Sport Center in Parkville, Maryland. The professionals at Comprehensive Spine and Sports Center, including Dr. Neil Cohen, are here to help with a consultation to help you get on the road to a pain-free future. Dr. Cohen has over 35 years of experience including over 25 years in Essex. He has successfully treated thousands of patients with osteoarthritis.