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Physical Therapy for Arthritis Management: Reducing Pain and Stiffness

Senior old man doing physiotherapist with support from caregiver.

Arthritis is a common condition that affects millions of seniors in nursing homes and assisted living facilities across the country. As people age, the likelihood of developing arthritis increases, leading to joint pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. However, there is hope for arthritis management and relief in the form of physical therapy. 


The Role of Physical Therapy in Arthritis Management


Pain Reduction

Physical therapists work closely with patients to design personalized treatment plans that target their specific arthritis symptoms. These plans include exercises that help strengthen the muscles surrounding the affected joints, reducing stress on the joints and alleviating pain.


Improved Joint Function

Arthritis often leads to joint stiffness and decreased range of motion. Physical therapy focuses on improving joint function through targeted exercises and stretching routines. As a result, residents can experience increased mobility and reduced stiffness.


Inflammation Management

Inflammation is a key contributor to arthritis pain. Physical therapists may employ techniques like hot and cold therapy to manage inflammation and relieve discomfort. These treatments can be applied during therapy sessions and recommended for continuous.


Education and Lifestyle Modification

Residents receive education on how to manage their arthritis in their daily lives. This includes guidance on proper posture, joint protection, and the use of assistive devices to reduce strain on arthritic joints.


Individualized Approach

Every individual’s experience with arthritis is unique, and physical therapy recognizes this. Therapists tailor treatment plans to specific needs and goals, ensuring the most effective approach to pain reduction.


Improved Mobility

One of the main challenges for seniors with arthritis is a decrease in mobility. Physical therapy for the elderly focuses on exercises and activities to enhance joint function and help seniors regain their independence.

The Arthritis Therapy Journey

Nursing homes provide a comfortable and supportive environment for arthritis rehabilitation, ensuring that residents receive specialized care in their battle against arthritis pain. Here are some essential components of the arthritis therapy journey.


Personalized Treatment Plans

Physical therapists collaborate with residents to create individualized treatment plans. These plans are adjusted to cater to each resident’s unique needs and can evolve as they progress on their journey to pain reduction and increased mobility.


Specialized Equipment

Nursing homes and rehabilitation centers are equipped with state-of-the-art tools and facilities that support arthritis therapy. These resources aid physical therapists in providing the best care possible to residents.


Holistic Approach

Nursing homes offer a holistic approach to arthritis management, addressing not only physical symptoms but also emotional and mental well-being. This comprehensive approach ensures that residents experience a higher quality of life and improved overall health.


Mobility Improvement for Seniors

Mobility improvement is a key focus in nursing home physical therapy, as it directly impacts the quality of life for seniors with arthritis. By participating in tailored arthritis therapy programs, seniors can experience significant improvements in their mobility and overall well-being.


Learn More About Our Physical Therapy Services! 

Arthritis management in nursing homes is a crucial aspect of elderly care, and it can significantly improve the lives of senior residents. Through geriatric physical therapy and arthritis rehabilitation, seniors can achieve pain reduction, improved mobility, and a higher quality of life. By offering arthritis therapy for the elderly, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers play a crucial role in reducing pain and stiffness and enhancing the well-being of their residents.


Our Shaker Place team is dedicated to providing top-notch care for our residents. With advanced training in specialized areas such as geriatric exercise, balance and fall prevention, vestibular rehabilitation, lymphedema management, massage, and manual therapy, our skilled physical therapists are well-equipped to cater to the unique needs of our residents. Their expertise is focused on promoting and maintaining the health and well-being of your loved ones, making Shaker Place Rehabilitation and Nursing Center a trusted choice for comprehensive care.