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Arthritis in Motion

This outpatient program is for patients age 45 and older with a diagnosis of osteoarthritis/chronic joint pain. The goal is to provide patients with a program designed to decrease pain while increasing motion and ultimately improving function. The patient will have a good understanding of the joint anatomy and how everyday mechanics can impact the joint integrity. The patient will also demonstrate understanding of a specific home exercise program and lifestyle adjustments that can improve their quality of life. The program includes:

  • 8 physical therapy visits scheduled 2 times a week for 4 weeks
  • Physical therapy evaluation of joint motion, muscle strength, and mobility/gait
  • Education for joint protection/home exercise program
  • Exercise program consisting of range of motion, stretching and strengthening
  • Exercise designed to improve function without increasing joint symptoms
  • Instructions in use of assistive device with gait if appropriate