Spotlight On Arthritis
Updated: Jan 21
At Premier Physical Therapy we treat a variety of conditions, including osteoarthritis (also known as degenerative joint disease). Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is simply described as inflammation of the joint, although typically there are many structures involved. Osteoarthritis can be present in any joint, but is a common source of pain and discomfort in the hands, knees, hip, neck, and low back.
At Premier, we believe in a conservative approach to treatment, and aim to avoid surgery and medication as much as possible. Currently, all evidence recommends physical therapy for arthritis, and studies show that with physical therapy and a consistent home exercise program, clients can see a decrease in up to 60% decrease in pain and symptoms. These benefits have been shown to last up to one year after discharge from physical therapy. Evidence has proven that physical therapy can prolong the need for surgery or avoid surgery altogether, depending on the individual.
We believe in combining the most recent research with expert opinion and experience to create an individualized program for each of our clients. Whether you have had arthritis for 20 years or are simply aiming to prevent of arthritis, we can provide you with the following: an evaluation of your condition and contributing factors, education about arthritis and how to deal with this condition in your daily life, and a program specific for you to get you back to enjoying the activities you love. We look forward to helping you reach your goals to become a better you!
- Amy Foskett- PT, DPT, Oxnard Clinical Manager