Your doctor may recommend an exercise program to help control symptoms and to improve movement and overall fitness. Your doctor also may recommend that you stop doing certain exercises you did in the past, to help control symptoms or slow down the progression of arthritis.
Heat and cold therapy
Your doctor may recommend heat therapy, cold therapy, or a combination of both to help reduce pain and swelling.
In many cases, doctors recommend massage therapy to ease bone and joint pain and stiffness.
Weight loss and nutritional counseling
Being overweight places added stress and strain on joints and bones. Poor nutrition can make joints and bones weak. We offer counseling programs to help people lose weight (and keep it off) and eat a healthier diet.
Stimulation of certain muscles and nerves with acupuncture needles may help relieve pain and other symptoms of arthritis.
Stress is bad for your health in general. If you have arthritis, stress may make symptoms feel worse and reduce the positive effects of treatment. Your care team can recommend ways to help reduce or manage stress.
For some cases of arthritis, doctors recommend physical therapy to help reduce symptoms and improve mobility.
Occupational therapy can help you learn how to do daily tasks while protecting your joints and bones.