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Osteoarthritis (Reference Arthritis.org):
Osteoarthristis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis in the United States, affecting more than 20 million Americans. OA, or "wear and tear" arthritis begins with the breakdown of cartilage in joints, an increase of bone density, and osteophyte formation. This results in joint pain, stiffness, and soft tissue damage. For many, this will decrease their ability to perform daily functional activities, and for others with make these daily activities a source of constant pain.
OA commonly affects the joints of the fingers, knees, hips, and spine. Other joints affected less frequently include the wrists, elbows, shoulders, and ankles. When OA is found in one of these joints, there is usually a history of injury or unusual stress.
Rheumatoid arthritis (Reference Arthritis.COM):
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) involves inflammation of the lining of many different joints in your body. In some people, RA can also affect other parts of the body, including the blood, the lungs, and the heart. Inflammation of the joint lining, called the synovium, can cause pain, stiffness, swelling, warmth, and redness. The affected joint may also lose its shape, resulting in loss of normal movement. RA can last a long time, and can be a disease of flares (active) and remissions (little to no activity).
For both forms of arthritis it is important for you to maintain good muscle strength and flexibility and an active lifestyle. This is why aquatic physical therapy is pertinent! Aquatic physical therapy, sometimes in combination with traditional physical therapy, will enable you to exercise muscles surrounding the effected joints with little to no loading or compressive forces on the joint. Due to buoyancy, there is minimal loading on the joints while exercising in water. Our pool will be maintained at 92 degrees. The warmer temperature is recommended by the Arthritis Foundation, to enable you to perform necessary exercises prescribed by the physical therapist with little to no pain, which will improve your overall ability to perform daily activities outside of the pool. In addition to the warm pool water to perform your exercises, the Arthritis Foundation suggest soaking in a hot-tub, in order to reduce inflammation and establish plentiful blood circulation. This should be done for 10 - 15 minutes and is just another wonderful feature that we offer. You can read all about the arthritic benefits of aquatic treatment, at the Arthritis Foundation web-site: Arthritis.org.
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