Arthritis

Reboot Physical Therapy

Priyanka Pandya, MS, PT

Physical Therapy located in Ramsey, NJ

Arthritis affects about 1 in 4 adults in the United States, or roughly 54.4 million people. Priyanka Pandya, MS, PT, helps patients of all ages find relief from arthritis pain at Reboot Physical Therapy in Ramsey, New Jersey. If arthritis affects your ability to move and enjoy life, call or book an appointment online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis encompasses more than 100 conditions that cause inflammation in one or more joints. Most types of arthritis cause joint pain and stiffness that can affect the way you move throughout the day. 

The most common types of arthritis include:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting more than 30 million adults in the United States. Sometimes called degenerative joint disease or wear and tear arthritis, this condition occurs when the cartilage that cushions your bones breaks down. 

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that happens when your body attacks healthy cells. Rheumatoid arthritis primarily affects your joints, but it can also cause damage in other parts of your body, including your lungs, heart, and eyes.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

The specific symptoms you experience depend on the type of arthritis you have and the joint it affects. The most common arthritis symptoms are joint problems, such as pain, swelling, and decreased range of motion. 

Who gets arthritis?

Arthritis most often affects adults, although certain types of arthritis can develop during childhood. Osteoarthritis, the most prevalent type, becomes more common with increasing age. Certain factors may increase your risk of arthritis, including:

  • Family history of arthritis
  • Personal history of joint injuries
  • Being overweight or obese

Jobs that require repeated motions, like bending and squatting, may also increase your risk of arthritis. 

How does physical therapy help to treat arthritis?

Physical therapist Priyanka Pandya provides individualized care to arthritis patients of all ages. During your first visit, Priyanka thoroughly evaluates your overall physical condition and assesses your functional mobility. 

Then, she puts together a customized physical therapy plan to relieve your pain and help you function independently. Depending on your needs, physical therapy treatment for arthritis may include:

  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Supportive devices like braces or splints
  • Hot and cold packs
  • Massage therapy 
  • Electrical stimulation

Priyanka also offers a variety of manual therapies, like cupping, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, and kinesio taping. She may recommend exercises for you to perform at home for continued care after you finish in-office physical therapy.

To find out how you can live a happier, more active life with arthritis, call Reboot Physical Therapy or book an appointment online today. 

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