Arthritis

The experts at Agnello Spine & Sports Physical Therapy can help you return to a place where daily activities are easy and effortless. Call our Bethel Park office or book an appointment online today for a comprehensive and effective treatment of arthritis.
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Agnello Spine & Sports Physical Therapy

Pittsburgh's Personalized, Results-Based Physical Therapy Center, located in Bethel Park, PA

Arthritis is a generic term used to group more than a hundred diseases, and one in five adults in the United States are afflicted by some form of Arthritis. The most common form of arthritis is called osteoarthritis. A few other forms of arthritis include inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, and metabolic arthritis like gout. It is characterized by the inflammation of joints, which leads to chronic pain and stiffness in the neck, back, hands, feet, and hips, resulting in loss of mobility. Using a variety of innovative techniques in physical therapy and regenerative medicine, the team at Agnello Spine & Sports Physical Therapy in Bethel Park, PA can help you reduce inflammation in your joints and regain mobility.  If arthritis is keeping you from doing the activities you love, call or book an appointment online today at our Bethel Park office for comprehensive and effective treatment.

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FAQs on Arthritis:

By Joseph Agnello, PT, Cert. MDT

 

What causes Arthritis?

Osteoarthritis is characterized by the inflammation, stiffness, and pain in your joints. It can develop naturally with age as a result of wear and tear of the cartilage tissue between your joints. This reduces the cushion and lubrication around your bones, which creates friction between two bones and causes the symptoms of arthritis, especially pain. Past injuries can trigger arthritis as well. This usually happens if the area didn’t heal properly or the affected part of the body has been consistently experiencing stress.

Rheumatoid arthritis shows similar symptoms to osteoarthritis, but it is an autoimmune disease and can happen without any voluntary triggers. The t-cells created by your body’s immune system attacks the lining of the joints and creates inflammation, which causes pain. This effect could sometimes happen throughout the entire body.

 

What are the symptoms of Arthritis?

Arthritis can exhibit a variety of different symptoms. It can be mild in some people and very strong in others. Osteoarthritis does not usually display any symptoms outside the joint. Symptoms of other types of arthritis might include: 

  • The signs of joint inflammation (Fatigue, Fever, and Rash)
  • Pain
  • Swelling and stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • Redness
  • Warmth

 

How is Arthritis treated?

Physical therapy can address arthritis in many different ways. The goal of our experienced professionals at Agnello’s is to employ therapeutics to manage the pain, increase joint mobility and strength, and help you learn to manage pain. At Agnello Spine & Sports Physical Therapy, Joe Agnello will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that’s tailored to your needs. Your therapy might include: 

  • Active range of motion therapy
  • Strength and flexibility exercises
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Inflammation reduction techniques
  • Nerve Stimulation
  • Dietary modifications 

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, it is critical that you work with your primary care physician on a comprehensive treatment plan. Joe Agnello and his team of expert physical therapists are more than happy to collaborate with other members of your medical team to help you achieve the best results. 

 

What are the benefits of physical therapy for arthritis?

Many arthritic people avoid certain movements and exercising because they don’t want to experience pain. However, arthritis only aggravates more with a sedentary lifestyle and exacerbates pain even more. That is why physical therapy interventions are very helpful, as it facilitates the lubrication of the joints and enables the body to regain mobility.

Our experienced physical therapists can teach you how to exercise and maintain mobility in a way that won’t further damage your joints. The experts at Agnello Spine & Sports Physical Therapy can help you return to a place where daily activities are easy and effortless. Call our Bethel Park office or book an appointment online today for a comprehensive and effective treatment of arthritis.

 

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